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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 262

terials in naphtha, he placed them a-flame in copper pots, which were thrown against the towers, and one after another, as they were struck, these burst into flames which could not be extinguished. In a very short time nothing remained of the great structures but embers and molten metal. However, important as was this destruction of the towers, and the repulse of other engines of menacing character, including some specially designed rams and a fire boat, which was aimed at the Tower of Flies and looked as though it might remove that important harbor defense, these were after all mere incidents in a long siege, and in nowise removed the larger danger which threatened the city. The Franks were still in their camp before its walls, and their intrenchments had been strengthened and enlarged during the winter. Then, off in the distance, but approaching ever nearer, was the vast army of the Emperor Frederick, while the English and French were gradually composing their differences and reaching agreement for a common descent upon the Holy Land. From Saladin's agents, and from the Armenian Catholicos, came information of the advance of the Germans. A letter of the Catholicos was most explicit. It told of their advance through Hungary and the Greek dominions, of their arrival at Iconium and alliance with Kilij Arslan, and of the death of Frederick after àn imprudent plunge into the cold water of a stream along his line of march. While a large part of the German army had melted away, there was

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