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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 281

comans, and the Prince of Sheyzar arrived with fresh reinforcements. The garrison was heartened momentarily likewise by a mysterious phenomenon. A strange noise was heard within the city, like the marching of many men, and this had penetrated even to the ears of the besiegers, who sent one of their number to inquire how many fresh recruits had been received. " A thousand horse soldiers," replied the guard. " Nay," returned the Frank, " not so many as that. I saw them myself. They were clad in green." Green ! That was the garb of the martyrs of Islam in Paradise, so the very spirits were fighting for the city! For a brief interval there was a flicker of hope, and when the Sultan sent word he would make a strong night attack upon the enemy camp, and directed the garrison to make a sortie at the same time, it looked as though there might be a chance. Perhaps there really was, but it was allowed to pass untaken. Ibn el-Athir tells how Saladin had ordered the garrison to leave everything and make a sortie in full force, following the shore, he engaging to bring his troops to the side of the town where they were to issue, attacking the besiegers to occupy them while their two forces united to make a joint assault. But, at the last moment, the soldiers in the town were so occupied in assembling their belongings they were not ready to move until dawn, by which time the enemy had learned of the plan and were prepared. It was another of the occasions when the Moslem soldiers could not be brought to abandon their possessions.

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