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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 243



bore the more weight, as it seemed entirely disinterested. Arnold, the patriarch, seconded him, and Baldwin was chosen king unanimously. Whether Jocelyn's advice was altogether disinterested may he doubted. At all events he received from the new king the investiture of the princi, pality of Edessa, as a reward for his services. Baldwin was crowned, like his predecessor,' in Bethlehem, on Ascension Day. The new king, the date of whose birth is uncertain, was the son of Count Hugh of Bethel and his wife Milicent. He was the cousin of Godfrey, with whom he started for Palestine. He had two brothers, one of whom was the Archbishop of Bheims, and the other succeeded his father, but dying without children, the archbishop gave up his episcopate, and married, in order to continue the family. Baldwin himself was above thè ordinary stature, wonderfully active, skilful in horsemanship, and of great strength and bravery. His hair, we are told, was thin and fair, and already streaked with grey. He was married to an Armenian princess, by whom he had several daughters, but no sons. He wore a long Oriental beard, but though he conformed in many respects to Eastern habits, he had not forgotten his early piety, and scrupu lously obeyed the rules of the church, insomuch that we are told that his knees were covered with callosities, the result of many prayers and penances. He was already well advanced in years. Count Eustace, hearing in France of his brother's death, set off at once to take possession of the kingdom which was his by right of succession. But on arriving in Apulia, he heard the news of Baldwin's succession, and immediately turned back, content to spend the rest of his days in obscurity, rather than disturb the peace of Pales tine by an unseemly rivalry. The first year of the king's reign was marked by the customary invasion of the kingdom from Egypt and the


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