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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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f)6 ROGER OF WEXDOVER. [A.D . 1J88. shall assuredly be taught how our own right hand, which von suppose to be enfeebled by old age, can still wield the sword upon that day of reverence nnd gladness which has been appointed for the triumph of Christ's cause. Saladin's ansicer to the emperor Frederic. To the great king, his sincere friend, the illustrions Frederic, /tint/ of Germani/:—In the name of God the merciful: hi/ the e/race of the one God, the potccrful, the surpassing, the victorious, the everlasting, of whose kingdom there is no end. We give continual thanks to Ilim, whose grace is over all the world : we pray that he may pour out his inspiration over all his prophets, and especially on our teacher, his messenger, the prophet Mahomet, whom he sent to teach the true law, which he will make to appear above all laws. But we make it known to the sincere and powerful king, our great, amicable friend, the king of Germany, that a certain man. named Henry, came to us, professing to be your envoy, and he gave us a letter, which he said was from your hand. We caused the letter to be read, and we heard him speak byword of mouth, and to the words which he spake by word of mouth we answer*'.! also in words. But this is the answer to your letter :—You enumerate those who arc leagued with you to come against us, and you name them and say—the king of this land and the king of that land—this count and that count, and such archbishops, marquises, und knights. But if we wished to enumerate those who arc in our service, and who listen to our commands, and obey our words, and would fight for us, this is a list which could not be reduced to writing. If von reckon up the names of the Christians, the Saracens are more numerous, and many times more numerous than the Christians. If the sea lies between us and those whom you name Christian-, there is no sea to separate the Saracens, who cannot be numbered; between us and those who will come to aid us, there is no impediment. With us are the Bedouins, who would be epiite sufficient singly to oppose our enemies; and the Turkomans, who. unaided, could destroy them : even our peasants, if we were to bid them, would tight bravely against the nations which should come to invade our country, and would despoil them of their


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