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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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• CHAPTER Vili. KING BALDWIN I. A.D. 1100—1118. " Tell me," said Don Quixote, " nave you ever seen a more valorous knight than I upon the whole face of the known earth?" No sooner was the breath out of Godfrey's body, than, according to usual custom, the Christians began to quarrel as to who should succeed him. Count Gamier de Gray, a cousin of Godfrey's, took possession promptly of the Tower of David and other fortified places, and refused to give them up to the patriarch, Dagobert, who claimed them as having been ceded to him by the late king. Unfortunately, Count Gamier died suddenly at this juncture, and his death was of course interpreted by the churchmen as a punishment for his contumacy. Dagobert wrote immediately—the letter is preserved—to Bohemond, urging him to assert his claims. Hardly was the epistle sent off, when the news came that Bohemond was a prisoner. There was, therefore, nothing to prevent Baldwin from stepping quietly into the throne. Baldwin, the brother of Godfrey, had been originally destined for the Church, and received a liberal education. "When he abandoned the robe for the sword is not certain, nor, indeed, do we know anything at all about him until we see him in the Crusade following his brother. He was


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