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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 407



while others he put to death, after inflicting upon them various tortures. He also caused the eyes to be put out of Margarite, the admiral, to whom he had given the dukedom of Durazzo, and the principality of Tarento ; and after that had him emasculated. On this, the empress Constance, seeing the evils that the emperor had inflicted upon her people, formed a conspiracy against her husband the emperor, and, proceeding to Palermo, seized the emperor's treasures which the kings of Sicily had laid up from a distant period. In consequence of this, the principal men of the kingdom, becoming emboldened, laid hands on the German followers of the emperor, and slew them; upon which, the emperor, taking to flight, shut himself up in a strong fortress, intending, if he possibly could, to return to his own country; but his adversaries had so obstructed the paths against him, that in no direction was there safe egress for him. In the meantime, Saphadin, the brother of Saladin, after the capture of Joppa, collecting a large army of pagans, fought a battle with the chiefs before-mentioned, and the counts and army of the emperor of the Eomans, which he had sent into the land of Jerusalem ; and the army of the Christians prevailed, and in the battle the Christians took the two sons of Saladin, and more than sixty admirals, and Saphadin, the brother of Saladin, being mortally wounded, made his escape with difficulty. The Christians also took the city of Sidon, and Laliche, and the greater Gybel ; and they were in hopes that the son of Saladin, who held the city of Jerusalem, would become a Christian, for news had been brought to that effect by the messengers that carried the communications between them. In the meantime, the pagans who were in the city of Baruth, fearing an attack of the Christians, levelled the walls of the city, and drew into the castle provisions, necessaries, and arms, with the stones of the walls for the defence of the castle. One day, however, while they were intent with the greatest diligence upon this object, having left only five Christian captives, in fetters, and a single Saracen gate-keeper in the castle, the archbishop of Mentz, chancellor of the emperor of the Bomans, suddenly came upon them with a great naval force, and Aimeric, lord of the isle of Cyprus, and the before-named leaders and chieftains, with an army of horse and foot. The Christians who were in the castle, seeing this, ran as weU as they could, and, shutting the gates of the castle, slew the Saracen gate


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