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M.Besant E.Walter
Jerusalem, the city of Herod and Saladin


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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M.Besant E.Walter
Jerusalem, the city of Herod and Saladin
page 136

For another account of the same transaction and of the causes which led to it we are indebted to Eaoul the Bald (Glaber), who describes the excitement produced in Europe by this act. " In the year 1009," he says, though his date appears to be wrong by one year, " the Church · of tie Sepulchre was entirely destroyed by order of the prince of Babylon. . . . The devil put it into the heads of the Jews to whisper calumnies about the servants of the true religion. There were a considerable number of Jews in Orleans, prouder, more envious, and more audacious than the rest of their nation. They suborned a vagabond monk named Bobert, and sent him with secret letters, written in the Hebrew character, and for batter preservation enclosed in a stick, to the prince of Babylon. Therein they told how, if the prince did not make haste to destroy the shrine at which the Christians worshipped, they would speedily take possession of his kingdom and deprive him of his honours. On reading the letter, the prince fell into fury, and sent to Jerusalem soldiers charged with the order to destroy the church from roof to foundation. This order was but too well executed ; and his satellites even tried to break the interior of the Sacred Sepulchre with their iron hammers, but all their efforts were useless. . . . A short time after, it was known beyond a doubt that the calamity must be imputed to the Jews, and when their secret was divulged, all Christendom resolved with one accord to drive out the Jews from their territory to the very last. They became thus the object of universal execration. Some were driven out, some massacred by the sword, some thrown into the sea, or given up tb different kinds of punishment. Others devoted themselves to voluntary deaths : so that, after the just vengeance executed describes the reconstruction of the church. Eaoul, as shown above, tells how the news of the destruction was received. All the Arabic historians record the event.

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