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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 355



•who "was afraid and probably foresaw disaster, declined to come, alleging illness, but sent it by two of bis bishops. Meantime, the king, by permission of the Master of the Templars, had laid hands upon the treasure which Henry II. of England had sent year by year, since the death of Thomas-à-Becket, to be used when he should find time to accomplish his vow of a crusade. By means of this money Guy found himself, when Saladin sat down before Tiberias, at the head of the finest army which had marched uuder the banner of the Cross since Godfrey besieged Jerusalem. The Countess of Tripoli was in Tiberias, with her four sons, all knights. She wrote to Guy saying that unless assistance came she must surrender the place. Guy called a council and read the letter. Baymond was the first to advise. • " Sir," he said, " let them take Tiberias, and I will tell you why. The city is mine, and my wife is in it ; if it is lost no one, therefore, will lose so much as I. But if the Saracens take it, they will occupy it, and will not come here after us, and then I shall get it back again whenever I please. Now I prefer to lose my city for a time than that the whole country should be lost, and between this place and Tiberias there is not a drop of water. Wo shall all die of thirst before we get there." Thereupon, quoth the Master of the Templars, " Here is some of the hair of the wolf." But Baymond took no notice of this offensive remark. " If it is not exactly as I have said," he went on, " take my head and cut it off." All agreed that the advice given was sound and just, except the Master of the Templars, who in his blind rage against Baymond could not agree that anything he said was right. And in the night he went to the king's tent, just as he was going to bed. " Do you believe," he said, " in the advice of Baymond ? It was given for the sole purpose of bringing shame and disgrace upon us all. . . . Strike your tents, call to arms, and march at once."


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