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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
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and going into battle, was struck by a stone in the forehead, and died immediately. On their way to Tripoli,* where they first saw the sugarcane, the impatience of the soldiers manifested itself so strongly that the chiefs could not venture to sit down before the place, but pushed on, after making a sort of treaty with its governor. Here messengers arrived from Alexis, entreating them to wait for him, and promising to bring an army in July. But the time was gone by fot negotiation and delay, and taking the sea-shore route, by which they ensured the protection of the fleet, they marched southwards to Beirout. Sidon, and Tyre, and Acre, were passed without much opposition, and the Crusaders arrived at Caesarea. which is within sixty miles of Jerusalem. By marches quick rather than forced, for the enthusiasm of tho army was once more at its height, they reached Lydda, where the church of Saint George lay in ruins, having recently been destroyed by the Turks, and thence to Bamleh. Here an embassy from Bethlehem waited for them with prayers to protect their town. Tancred, with a hundred knights only^ rode off with them. The people received them with * While they were considering which road was the easiest ior their march to Jerusalem, the Crusaders received a deputation from a Christian people, said to be sixty thousand in number, living in the mountains of Lebanus. They offered their services as guides, and pointed out that there were three roads : the first by way of Damascus, level and plain, and always abounding in provisions ; the second over Mount Lebanon, safe from any enemy, and also full of provisions, but difficult for beasts of burden ; and the third by the sea-shore, abounding in defiles, where " fifty Mussulmans would be able, if they pleased, to stop the whole of mankind." " But," said these Christians, " if you are of a verity that nation which is to overcome Jerusalem, you must pass along the sea-shore, however difficult that road may appear, according to the Gospel of St. Peter. Your way, such as you have made it, and such as you must make it, is all laid down in that Gospel which we possess." What was this Gospel ? or is it only one of the credulous stories of Raymond d'Agiles ?


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