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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT. Saladin. Prince of Chivalry


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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Saladin. Prince of Chivalry
page 253

the end of the war and rendered abortive all further efforts of the Crusaders. That it was not definitive was not due to Saladin, whose enterprise rose to the occasion despite his infirmities. On the morning of October 4th the Moslem outposts reported that the army of the Franks was moving in battle array. It was formed after its usual custom, the knights in the center, the infantry and bowmen in advance. From the Moslem camp they could be seen advancing, King Guy in the middle, preceded by men carrying the Gospels under a canopy of satin. They occupied the ridge of hills, their right approaching the River Belus, the left extending almost to the sea. Saladin brought his men up to face the enemy, he holding the center, with his two sons, el-Af dal and ez-Zaher, at his right. The troops from Mosul and Diarbekr held the right of the center and the extreme right end, near the sea, was taken by the personal troops of Taki ed-din, the Sultan's nephew and most successful general. Left of the center were Kurds, men from Sinjar and the followers of Mozaffer ed-din. On the extreme left were the veterans who had taken Egypt under Shirkuh. The two armies kept drawing closer until the fourth hour after sunrise, when the Franks delivered an attack upon Taki ed-din. The latter, hoping to draw his assailants away from their supporting troops, pretended to give way, meaning to strike into their flank when the time was ripe. Saladin mistook the maneuver for an actual retreat, and sent some of his own men to

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