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BLOSS C.A. Heroines of the Crusades

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BLOSS C.A.
Heroines of the Crusades
page 237



marched from the seashore, which was on its right, and the Turks watched its movements from the heights on its left. On a sudden the clouds grew dark, the sky was troubled, when the army arrived at the narrow roads im-passable for the provision wagons; here,, owing to the narrowness of the way, the order of march was thrown into confusion, and they advanced in extended line, and with-out discipline. The Saracens, observing this, poured down suddenly upon the pack-horses and loaded wagons, slew both horses and men in a moment, and plundered a great deal of the baggage, boldly charging and dispersing those who opposed them, as far as the seashore. Then there took place a fierce and obstinate conflict ; each fought for his life. Oh, how dreadfully were our men then pressed ! for the darts and arrows thrown at them broke the heads, arms and other limbs, of our horsemen, so that they bent, stun-ned to their saddle-bows; but having quickly regained their spirits, and resumed their strength, and thirsting for vengeance, like a lioness when her whelps are stolen, they charged the enemy and broke through them like a net. Then you might have seen the horses with their saddles dis-placed, the Turks fleeing and returning, and the battle raging fiercer than before ; the one side labored to crush, the other to repel ; both exerted their strength with the ut-most fury, till King Richard hearing that the rear was put into great confusion, rode at full gallop to their assistance, cutting down the Turks right and left like lightning with his sword. And quickly, as of yore the Philistines fled from Maccabeus, so were the Turks now routed, and so did they fly from the face of King Richard and make for the mountains ; but some of them remained amongst us, having lost their heads." This extract is a fac-simile of all the chances and changes that occurred to the Christians on their passage from Acre to Jaffa. +9*** »V«* "'"»•*' 1* *«•


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