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Roger De Hoveden
The Annals vol.2., From A.D. 1180 To A.D. 1201.

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Roger De Hoveden
The Annals vol.2., From A.D. 1180 To A.D. 1201.
page 85



his wish or advice, and that the said Richard bad sent word to him, by John, archbishop of Dublin, that be had done nothing in respect thereof, but by the advice of the king of France. In the same year, the Patriarch of the city of Antioch wrote to the king of England to the following effect :— The Letter of the Patriarch of Antioch to Henry, king of England. " By the grace of the Holy God, and of the ApostoBc See, the Patriarch of Antioch, to Henry, by the same grace, the most iBustrious king of the English, his beloved lord and friend— may he govern in Him, through whom kings govern. "With tears and with sighs by these presents we announce to your exceBency, the dire and inexpressible grief which we feel for the unexpected and terrible disaster that has lately befallen us, or, indeed, aB Christendom we may rather say. Let all the world Bsten, with yourself, to this our grief, that it may know whence proceed our tears and our lamentations, or what is their end. On the fourth day of the month of July, in the year of the Word made incarnate one thousand one hundred and eightyseven, Saladin, having gathered together a multitude of our foreign foes, engaged with those of the Christians who were in the land of Jerusalem, and, having routed their forces, triumphed over them to his heart's content ; the vivifying Cross being exposed to the ridicule of the Turks ; the king being taken prisoner, and the Master of the Temple, as also prince Raymond, being slain by this accursed Saladin with his own hands; whBe bishops, Templars, and HospitaBers, in aB a multitude of nearly twelve hundred, and thirty thousand foot were slaughtered in the defence of the Holy Cross, besides a considerable number who were afterwards slain, or made prisoners in the cities which he took. After this, being quite satiated with the blood of the Christians, he took Tiberias and fortified it ; and then, he had laid siege to the noble city of Acre, to Caiphas, Csesarea, Joppa, Nazareth, Sebaste, Neapolis, Lydda, Ramatha, Assur, Hebron, Bethlehem, and, last of aB, the Holy City of Jerusalem, and the Sepulchre of our Lord, vowing that he would cut it into pieces and throw its fragments into the deep. As for the rest, fearful anxiety possesses us every day and every hour, amid our doubts whether these various places may not be subjugated to his dominion, and their inhabitants slain or made captive, especiaBy as it is weB


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