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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT. Saladin. Prince of Chivalry

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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT.
Saladin. Prince of Chivalry
page 12



to deviate must have been strong and almost insurmountable. Time and again these were due to failure on the part of his opponents to observe the vows which they had taken so solemnly, but were not always so scrupulous to uphold. But, though the sworn knights of Christendom sometimes failed to stand by their given word, and the pledge of unselfishness was forgotten under the prod of ambition, the records show unswerving adherence to his vows on the part of this Moslem. And these are the records of the enemy. With hardly an exception the contemporary Christian chroniclers, though they may rail at Saladin, the Moslem and infidel, testify to his unbroken word, his unfailing courtesy, his mercifulness and his generosity. There had been many great Sultans before him, monarchs to whom might be applied the sub-titles of the Wise, the Magnificent, the Valiant. It remained for Saladin to win that of the Chivalrous. To him the unfortunate Christian captive addressed his last appeal, confident of securing justice, and hopeful of mercy. It was to him the weeping widow and orphan came for succor, never to be turned away emptyhanded. On his generosity the vanquished enemy relied for terms he would never have granted himself. Extravagant in largesse to the extreme of imprudence, a spendthrift in beneficence, yet of the utmost simplicity in his own manner of living, he died impoverished. Little of the autocrat connoted for most of us by the weird Sultan in the record of this life. Almost foolishly leiaient and forbearing, in fact. By consequence, a gallalnt


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