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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 405

bearing down upon Acre, a detachment having alreadyreached Alexandretta, where they had had a slight skirmish with the Muslims. The Sultan hastily issued orders for collecting the army together, and hurried off to the relief of the town. Having arrived at Sefuriyeh he left his heavy baggage, and pushed on to Acre with all speed ; but the Franks were before him, and had already invested the place, rendering the approach impossible for his troops. On the 13th of September he. made a desperate onslaught upon the besieging lines, drove the Franks to a hill called Tell es Sivcisiyeh, and thus established a free communication with the city on the north side. On the 21st of September the Franks assembled towards the close of the day and attacked the Muslims in full force ; the latter, however, withstood the shock, and both sides fought with great fury, but night coming on compelled them to desist from hostilities. On the 24th the Sultan moved to Tell es Siyâsiyeh, which, from its commanding position, appeared to him a very important post to occupy. Hère information was .brought him that the Franks were dispersed over the country in foraging parties, and, without loss of time, he despatched companies of Arabs, whose familiarity with guerilla warfare peculiarly adapted them for such service, to intercept them. The Bedawin horsemen bore down upon the small detached parties, cut them off from the camp, and, slaughtering them almost without resistance, carried their heads in triumph to Saladin. On the 3rd of October the Franks made a desperate onslaught upon Saladin's troops ; a fierce battle ensued, in which victory inclined to the Christians, and the Muslims were compelled to flee, some to Tiberias, and others to Damascus. "While the victors were occupied in pillaging the Sultan's camp a panic suddenly seized them; the Muslims rallied,and attacked their left,-completely defeat

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