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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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them. He had in all one hundred and forty knights with whom to confront this host. The knights fought, as they always did, gallantly and bravely ; so bravely that they perished almost to a man, only the Mnster himself and a very few escaping. One knight, Jacques de Maillé, a Templar, performed such prodigies of valour that after he had fallen, the Turks cut up his garments and divided them, in memory of so valiant a man. It was in May that this disaster happened, the result of internal dissension. " And in this month," says a chronicler, " when it is most fitting that roses should be gathered, the people of Nazareth went out to gather together the dead bodies of their valiant knights, and to give them burial." The Master of the Templars had got hastily back to Nazareth, and sent out messengers in all directions that he had gotten a signal victory over the Turks, and that all who wanted booty must hasten to his standard. They all nocked to him, like vultures, at the mention of booty, and he led them to the field where the dead bodies of his knights lay, the flower of the two orders. It is the keenest sarcasm on the cowardice and meanness of the people that we read of. " Pudet hœc opprobria nobis Et «liei potnisse et non potuisse refelli." But after this misfortune, further quarrels between king and barons were useless, and Baymond hastened to make his submission. He met the king at the Castle of St. George, at Bamleh, where a reconciliation was effected, real and complete, so far as Baymond was concerned, half hearted and suspicious on the part of the weak-minded king. Baymond, whose advice was generally sound, recom mended Guy to convoke all the forces at his disposition, and meet at the fountain of Sefuriyeh. He also advised that the wood of the Cross should be brought out by Heraclius, as the emergency was great. Heraclius,


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