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

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M.Besant E.Walter
Jerusalem, the city of Herod and Saladin
page 143



want ; having that, they will let us go free." This advice Was adopted, and on a parley being held, the chief of the Arabs, with a small body of seventeen men, consented to enter the fort and come to terms. The Bishop of Mayence, who was the stateliest and handsomest man among the Christians, was chosen to speak with him. He proposed, in return for freedom and safety, to hand over to the Arabs all the treasure in the hands of the Christians. " It is not for you," replied the Arab, " to make terms with your conquerors !" And taking off his turban, as we are told, as a modern Bedawi would do with his head-dress under similar circumstances, he threw it, like a halter, round the neck of the bishop. The Christian prelate was not prepared for a reception so rude, and fairly knocked him down with a blow from his fist, upon which the knights set upon the whole eighteen Arabs, and bound them tightly. The news of the detention of their chief quickly spreading outside, the Arab army commenced-a furious attack, which would have been fatal to the Christians but for a stratagem which procured them some little delay. For the Christians, holding swords to the throats of their prisoners, promised to fight with their heads if the attack was continued ; and the chieftain's son, in alarm for his father, hastened from rank to rank, imploring the men to desist. And at this juncture arrived the Emir of Bamleh with troops, at sight of whom the Arabs turned and fled. The Arab chieftain remained a prisoner. " You have delivered us," said the emir, " from our greatest enemies." And so, with congratulations and in friendship, they marched to Jerusalem, which they entered in a kind of triumph by .torchlight, with the sound of cymbals and trumpets. They were received by the Patriarch Sophronimus, and made the round, next day, of the sacred places, still bearing the marks of the destruction wrought by Hakem fifty years before. And now approached the period of the first Crusade.


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