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JOHN LORD DE JOINVILLE Memoirs of Louis IX, King of France

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JOHN LORD DE JOINVILLE
Memoirs of Louis IX, King of France
page 198



been slain in battle were sent to Cairo, and exposed on the gates of the town. The captive Franks arrived at the same time, mounted on camels: as a mark of distinction, horses had been given to the most considerable among them. Zahirben-Songour, one of the Syrian generals that had been taken, marched next, with the other officers of the Syrian army. They were paraded with much pomp through the town of Cairo, and then confined in prisons. The emirs Bibars and Abouali had orders from tbe sultan to lay siege to Ascalon ; but the place was too strong, and too well defended, to be taken. Bibars remained before Ascalon, and Abouali advanced to Napoulous. The other generals of Nedjm-Eddin took possession o f Gaza, Jerusalem, Khalil, Beit-Djebril, and Gaur.* Nasir-Daoud lost nearly all his territories ; for there only remained to him the fortress of Kerck, Belka, Essalib,t and Adjelonn. Nedjm-Eddin had promised the Kharesmiens to lead them to Damascus ; for he counted as nothing the last victory, if he did not regain that town ; and he resolved to make so important a conquest in person. The Kharesmiens followed him with joy, and Damascus was besieged. Battering-rams, and other machines for casting stones were erected ; but the besieged made a vigorous resistance, and tbe siege lasted upwards of six months without anv breach being made. Provisions, however, began to fail m the town ; and Manaour, prince of Hemesse, had a conference with Berket, one of the Kharesmien chiefs, for the surrender of the place. It was at length agreed that the town should be surrendered to the sultan, and that Imad-Eddin, Mansour, and the other Syrian chiefs, should have liberty to retire with all their riches. The town of Balbeck, and all its territory, were given to Imad-Eddin : Hemesse and Palmyra were allotted to Mansour. The Kharesmiens, who had flattered themselves with tbe hope of pillaging Damascus, in despair at being frustrated, quarrelled with the sultan, and, the ensuing year, formed an alliance with Mansour and the other Syrian leaders. They • Gaur, a deep valley that traverses the country of Jourdan from the Lake of Tiberias to the Dead Sea. f Essalib, or, according to some authors, Essolet, is a castle near to, but on the other aide of Jordan. So is Adjeloun.


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