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M.Besant E.Walter
Jerusalem, the city of Herod and Saladin


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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M.Besant E.Walter
Jerusalem, the city of Herod and Saladin
page 358

could not bear to survive the fall of the country, bis country, and the end of so many high hopes and glorious achievements. Acre resisted two days, and then opened its gates. Nablous, Bamleh, Caesarea. Jericho, Jaffa, Beyrout, had no knights left to make defence with, and perforce capitulated. Tyre, Tripoli, Ascalon, alone remained to the Christians. Saladin vainly attempted the first, and desisted from the siege for more important matters. But Ascalon was too necessary, in consequence of its communications with Egypt, to be passed over, and he laid siege to the place in due form. Guy was with him, in fetters. A breach was effected in the Avails, and Guy was put forward to urge upon the inhabitants not to make a useless resistance. These sent deputies to the Sultan. " On these conditions only shall you enter Ascalon, except across our bodies. Give life to our wives and children, and restore the king to liberty. Else we will fight." Saladin granted the conditions. Guy was to be set at liberty within a year ; the people of Ascalon were to leave the city freely and to carry with them all that they pleased. And now, at length, came the turn of Jerusalem. Balian of Boelin had obtained of Saladin a safe conduct to the city, in order to take out his wife and children, but on the sole condition that he was not to stay there more than one night. He promised, and went. He found the city defended by women and monks. A few pilgrims were there, and some fugitive soldiers who had escaped the slaughter of Tiberias. The people pressed round him with tears, cries, and lamentations, when he told them of his word given to Saladin. "Sir;" said the patriarch, " I absolve you from your oath ; know well that it would be a greater sin to keep it than to break it, for great shame would it be for you and for your heirs, if you were thus to leave the city in its hour of danger." Then Balian of Ibelin yielded, and sent to Saladin that he had been forced to break his word. Saladin by this time was used

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