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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 446

colleges attached to the Haram, also happened to drop in, and, either through ignorance or inadvertence, took a seat in the assemhly above the Câdhi. The two reverend gentlemen entered into a warm dispute, in the course of which the Sheikh threatened to tear the Cadhi's turban off his head. The Câdhi retorted that the Sheikh did not know the meaning of a turban," implying that he did not know how to conduct himself as became his office. Both parties then left the assembly, and the matter being referred to arbitration, certain learned gentlemen adjourned to the Cubbet es Sakhrah to discuss it, accompanied by a crowd of .idlers. The people of Jerusalem, determined to defend their fellow-citizen, attempted to decide the question by pillaging the Câdhi's house and maltreating his wives. The day was a very rainy one, which circumstance increased the bad temper of the mob, and it was at one time more than probable that the sanctuary would become the scene of anarchy and bloodshed. In a subsequent appeal, made to the Sultan himself at Cairo, the Câdhi got scant satisfaction, and was so laughed at and ridiculed on his return to Jerusalem that he was ultimately obliged to resign his office and leave. The atmosphere of Jerusalem appears to have a particularly unfortunate effect upon the temper of theologians. The winter of 1472-3 was exceedingly severe, and the rains so incessant that the foundations of the buildings were, in many instances, undermined ; three hundred and sixty houses are said to have fallen down from this cause, but one woman, who was buried in the ruins of her dwel ling, was the only person killed. About the end of the year 1475 the Sultan himself, El Ashraf Catibâi, performed the pilgrimage to Jerusalem on his return from Mecca. Immediately upon his arrival in the city he held a court, on which occasion the inhabitants crowded round him to present petitions against the Yiceroy, whom they accused of all manner of injustice and

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