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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 377

Joppa ; peace was to be enforced in the north of Syria ; pilgrimages were to be freed from the former tax, and a truce for two years was to be agreed upon. The English Crusaders, divided into three bodies, all went up unarmed to Jerusalem. They were received with kindness, and the Bishop of Salisbury, who came last, with distinction, being entertained by Saladin himself, who showed him the wood of the True Cross, and granted him, as a favour, that two Latin priests should be permitted to serve at the Church of the Sepulchre. And then, all being arranged, Bichard embarked at Acre. The people crowded to the shore, weeping and crying over the loss of their champion, the most stalwart warrior that ever fought for the Cross. The king himself could not restrain his tears. Turning to bid farewell to the country, he cried, " Oh, Holy Land ! God grant that I may yet return to help thee !" And his last message was one to Saladin, telling him that he was only going home tò raise money in order to complete the conquest of the land. "Truly," said the courtly Saladin ; " if God wills that Jerusalem pass into other hands, it cannot fall into any more noble than those of the brave King Bichard." Such, briefly and baldly told, is the picturesque crusade of Cœur de Lion. Of the terror which his name inspired ; of his many and valiant gests, of his personal strength, his chivalrous generosity, we have not room to speak. Nor can we do more than allude to those other qualities for which he made his name known; his ferocious and savage cruelty ; his pleasure in fighting for love of mere butchery ; the ungovernable rage which sometimes seized him; his want of consideration for others; his "masterfulness ;" the way in which he trampled on, careless over whose body he passed, provided he attained his ends. For these, and the other stories which can be told about him, we refer our readers to the chronicles, and to that book on the Crusades which has yet to be written.

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