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BLOSS C.A. Heroines of the Crusades

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BLOSS C.A.
Heroines of the Crusades
page 232



tracted contest of so long a siege, gave themselves in-dulgence, and refreshed themselves with the rest they needed." No sooner were the Crusaders settled in the city than new troubles arose. Leopold, Duke of Austria, being a rel-ative of Isaac Comnenus, who had joined the Templars, insisted that the Cypriot lady should be transferred to his custody ; but Berengaria having become tenderly attached to her, refused to give her up. The quarrel ran high, and the exasperated Bichard, in a moment of wrath, tore down the banner of Austria from the walls of Acre. This indig-nity gave rise to a mortal enmity, which hindered the arms and embarrassed the counsels of the croises during the whole campaign. The Christians, however, repaired the shattered walls and dwellings of the city, the clergy re-built and consecrated the altars, and the army watching for the fulfilment of Saladin's promises, rested from their fatigues in the enjoyment of security and luxury. Before the expiration of the period granted for the redemption of the hostages, Philip Augustus, feigning illness, but in reality suffering with a consuming jealousy of the superiority of his rival, declared his intention of returning to Europe. The chiefs assembled in council protested against this un-worthy desertion of the common cause, since Saladin, de-pressed by the fall of Acre, was in no situation to contest their route to Jerusalem. When Bichard heard of Philip's determination, he outdid himself in the curses and male-dictions he called down upon the recreant prince, and per-emptorily refused to hold any communication upon the subject : but at last having expended the violence of his anger, he compromised by giving his consent to the measure on condition that the Duke of Burgundy and a large part of the French should remain in Syria, and that Philip should make oath to leave the realm of England unmolest-ed, till forty days after Bichard should himself return to his dominions. The French monarch then left Acre amidst the hisses and imprecations of the spectators. He stopped BERENGARIA OF NAVARRE. 243


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