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ROGER OF WENDOVER Flowers of history. The history of England from the descent of the saxons to A.D. 1235. vol.2

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ROGER OF WENDOVER
Flowers of history. The history of England from the descent of the saxons to A.D. 1235. vol.2
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A.I).1180.] SALA1HN TAKES TUE IIOI.T CITY. numbers fell on both sides; but, at length, for the sins of the Christians, the enemy prevailed ; for, as they say, the count of Tripoli»', who commanded the army, treacherously lowered his banner, and caused his men to think of flying, though they had no way of escape, except through the enemy. King Guy was made prisoner, the holy cross captured, and the. whole army either slain with the sword or taken by the enemy, except the count of Tripoli who was suspected of having betrayed them, the lord Reginald governor of Sidon, and the lord Italian with a few brethren of the temple. This disastrous battle was fought on the 3rd and 4th days of July, within the octaves of the apostles Raul and Peter. The master of tin temple also, named Theodoric, escaped from this disaster, lini, with the loss of two hundred and thirty of the brethren. Tin count of Tripoli having escaped without a wound was assumed as a proof of his having betrayed tin' army. Together with the holy cross, the bishop of Acre, and tin- precentor of our Lord's sepulchre, were overpowered by the enemy : the former was slain, and the latter made prisoner : and in this manner the holy cross, which formerly redeemed us from the yoke of captivity, was now made captive for our sins, and profaned by the hands of the infidels. /low the holy eity and almost all the kingdom u-as snblucd by S-iladin. Saladin, having obtained this victory, returned to Tiberias, and when In; had reduced the only fortress which remained, he sent the king and his prisoners to Damascus. Then entering Galilee he found no one to oppose him, and coming to Plolomais took it without bloodshed. From thence he proceeded to Jerusalem, and planted his machines on all sides round the walls : the citizens erected such defences as they were able, but their bows, cross-bows, and stone-engines were plied in vain: the people, in terror, flocked round the patriarch and the queen, who at that time governed the city, anil entreated that terms might be entered into with Saladin for a surrender. A capitulation was in consequence effected, more worthy to be lamented than to be described : that every man should pay a ransom of ten bezants, a woman live, and a child one; but in the whole city there were fiurteen thousand of both sexes, who, being unable to paν this ransom, wenreduced to perpetual slavery. Thus the holy city was


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