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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 276



and stronger than the generality of mankind ; his features were firm and undaunted, and a light beard covered his lips and chin ; he was not " too fat like his brother, nor too thin like his mother." In short, Baldwin, when he grew up, was a tall and handsome man. As for his mental qualities, his biographer exhausts himself in praises. He was prompt to understand ; eloquent and fluent of speech ; affable in manners ; full of compassion and tenderness ; endowed with an excellent memory (in which he must have presented a pleasing contrast to his father) ; tolerably well educated—" better, that is, than his brother "—the biographer's standard of education is difficult to catch, because he afterwards tells us of Amaury that he was educated, " but not so well as his brother :" he was fond of having read to him the lives of great kings and the deeds of valiant knights ; he knew thoroughly the common law of the realm ; his powers of conversation were great and channing ; he attached to himself the affections of everybody high and low. " And," says the worthy bishop, "what is more rare in persons of his age, is that hé showed all sorts of respect for ecclesiastical institutions, and especially for the Prelates of the Churches." Where could a finer king be found ? Ή he had a fault it was that he was fond of gaming and dice. As the greater part of his life was spent on horseback, it was only occasionally that he could indulge in this vice. Another fault he had as a youth which he entirely renounced in later years. To the credit of King Baldwin it is recorded that he was, after -his marriage, entirely blameless in respect of women. Now by this time the morals of the Kingdom of Jerusalem were in an extremely bad way, and the example of the young king could not fail of producing a great and most beneficial effect. Queen Milicent was an ambitious woman, like her sister Alice, and had no intention at all of being a puppet.


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