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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 254

support his nephew. The attack was thus repulsed, but the weakening of the center by the withdrawals had not gone unnoticed and presently a new assault was made upon the Sultan's own. The infantry of the Franks had no sooner come up to the Moslem line than they opened their ranks and let the knights charge. The men of Diarbekr and Mosul could not stand against these panoplied warriors and were soon in full flight, with the knights hotly pursuing. The whole right wing fell into panic and it looked as though the day would end in rout. Saladin, seeking to check the flight, found himself left with only five men of his whole bodyguard. The victorious knights, having chased the Moslems into their camp, and disported themselves in the very tent of the Sultan, suddenly woke up to find they had not been followed by their companions and, in fact, had cut themselves off from their army. It was necessary to get back and this they proceeded to do. In the meantime, the army of the Sultan was getting back into shape. Both right and left wings were untouched, and Saladin had recovered his grip. As the knights came rushing past the Moslems wanted to attack them, but Saladin held them like so many dogs straining at the leash. It was one of those moments when he shone at his best, when he would turn upon the seemingly victorious enemy and completely upset them. The knights were allowed to take their way unimpeded until they had almost passed out of danger.

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