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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 213



To this Mestoc and Karakois made answer, " These exorbitant demands we cannot comply with, except with the assent and will of our lord Saladin, and our other principal- men. But give us a trace of three days, and allow us to go to our principal men, that we may confer with them on the nature of your demands." Accordingly, giving hostages as a security for their return, they went to Saladin, but, on informing him of the demands of the Christians, could not prevail upon him to give anything for their ransom ; and so, in confusion, they took their departure and entered the city. On the following night, at about midnight, Saladin made an assault upon the guards of the outer trenches, with the intention that while the Christians were giving their attention to the defence of the trenches, the pagans who were in the city might more easily escape by flight. But the kings, forewarned of this by a message from the man of God before-mentioned, who was in the city, placed guards around the waUs, so that there was no safe egress for any of the pagans. TJpon this, a great alarm was raised throughout the army of the Christians, who, on being aroused from their sleep, quickly snatching up their arms, hastened to the trenches, and, making an attack upon the pagans, slew multitudes of them, and put the rest to flight. On the fifth day of the month of July, being the sixth day of the week, a breach in the waBs was again set fire to, which had been made by the men of the king of England ; and, on the following night, the bastions fell, with a great part of the waBs, leaving a wide gap. On the day after this, the king of England and his army, having armed, approached with the view of making an assault on the city ; on which the pagans immediately made a signal that they wished to make peace with them : whereupon, laying aside their arms, the Christians returned to their camp, and Mestoc, Karakois, Hessedin, and Ordich came out of the city for the purpose of having an interview with the kings, and offered them the city, with aU the other articles abovementioned. After the kings and they had conferred upon the matter for a considerable time, leave was given them to go to Saladin and return. Accordingly they went, and prevailed upon Saladin to offer to the kings the city of Jerusalem, and the Holy Cross, and all the cities and castles which he had taken after the capture of king Guido, and to repair and place them in the same state


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