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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 220



A.D. 1191· THE CAPTURED PAGANS ARE BEHEADED. which the pagans were to perform their stipulation, and to be set at liberty. However, upon that day, the pagans neither produced the Holy Cross, nor the Christian captives, nor yet tho money which they had promised for the safety of their life and limbs : in consequence of which failure, all those pagans were sentenced to undergo capital punishment. "When this was told to Saladin, he sent word to the king of England and the whole army of the Christians, that if they cut off the heads of his pagan subjects, he himself would strike off the heads of all the Christians whom he had in his power. On the fourteenth day of the month of August, being the fourth day of the week, on the vigil of the Assumption of Saint Mary, the Mother of God and over a virgin, the king of England went beyond the outer trenches and pitched his tents near the army of the pagans, and remained there some days, having issued orders that all his army should attend him; few, however, did so, in consequence of the deficiency of horses and arms. On the same day, Saladin sent to the king of England costly presents, and requested him to put off the day on which he had proposed to cut off the heads of the pagans ; but the king declined to put off the day any longer, or to accept the presents of Saladin. On Saladin seeing and hearing this, he caused the heads of all the Christians, whom he had in his hands, to be cut off ; which was accordingly done on the eighteenth day of the month of August, being the Lord's day. On the same day, the king of England moved his army, and drew near to the army of Saladin, and had an engagement with him, on which occasion many fell on both sides both killed and wounded, among whom, Peter Mignot, one of the household of the king of England, was slain. The king of England, although he heard of the death of the Christians who had been slain, was still unwilling to anticipate the time which he had fixed upon for taking off the heads of the pagans. However, on the seventeenth day of the month of August, being the third day of the week and the thirteenth day before the calends of September, the king of England caused all the pagans who belonged to him from The capture of Acre to be_led"~ou£ jjeiore the army of SalacBn, and their heads to~bTlfrucE off in the presence of all. Thè duke of Burgundy-also causecTïne heads οΓ the pagans to be cut off who had belonged to the king of Prance, both within the city, and without, and near the walls of the city.


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