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BLOSS C.A. Heroines of the Crusades

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BLOSS C.A.
Heroines of the Crusades
page 261



" Until his death the virtuous Soldan had faithfully pre-served the peace made with the Melech Rie, and it was the wish of his brother, my lord Saif Addin, upon whom the emirs and atabeks bestowed the kingdom of Syria, still to keep faith and truce with the Christians, but as your holy writing saith, ' A man's foes shall be they of his own household,' even so hath it happened unto my lord. The undutiful sons of Saladin have seized Aleppo, Damascus, and Egypt. They have drawn the sword of battle, and our land again groaneth under the miseries of war. From these things it chanced that certain timid Christians, fear-ing again the renewal of all those sufferings, from which they had rested during the space of three years, called again on their brethren of Europe for aid. And there came a great company of crusading Germans, brutal and blood-thirsty, to wrest the territory of Palestine from the hands of the sover-eign. When the Latins of Acre saw what manner of men they were, they represented to them the virtues and modera-tion of the noble Saif Addin, and entreated that the Chris-tians of the Holy Land should have space for negotiation and treaty, before the commencement of hostilities. But they would not hear ; and so the cruel war was again begun. " Then my lord girding himself for the conflict, showed that the spirit of Saladin survived in his brother. He ad-vanced to the north to meet his foes, and a terrible slaugh-ter took place in the vale of Sidon. The followers of the prophet were slain on every side, and the Latins also were greatly discomfited, and took refuge in Tyre. A portion of the Germans proceeded to Jaffa ; thither Saif Addin pursued them, and after a continued siege, took the city and put them all to the sword. On the same night, Count Henry of Champagne, wearing the title, but not the crown of the King of Jerusalem, was killed by a fall, and the Christians being thus left without lord or ruler, concluded a peace with the Emperor. Isabella, the widow of Count Henry, is again a wife, being taken in marriage by Al-meric, brother of Guy de Lusignan. " The prophet saith truly, ' Though the storm rage with- 272 HEROINES OF THE CRUSADES.


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