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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT. Saladin. Prince of Chivalry

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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT.
Saladin. Prince of Chivalry
page 20



led by Walter the Penniless and Peter the Hermit, the latter being credited with having induced Pope Urban to start the movement, Peter and Walter were practically eliminated almost at once, but the others succeeded after many hardships in capturing a number of cities of consequence and finally Jerusalem itself. Many sordid incidents, born of jealousies and rival ambitions, marred the arrival at this goal, but there were also many exhibitions of heroic endurance and many doughty deeds to balance the record. At the siege of Antioch Robert of Normandy split the head of his Saracen opponent to the very shoulders with a single stroke of his mighty broad sword, whereat Godfrey of Bouillon, not to be outdone, engaged with a giant among the enemy. The Saracen's first blow shivered the shield of Godfrey, whereupon he rose in his stirrups and " calmly cut his adversary in two across the middle with a single stroke, so that the upper half of the man fell to the ground, leaving the lower half still sitting on the horse/' Please note the "calmly." Probably your knight of chivalry must not be expected to do things with the vulgar impetuosity or exposure of effort which might be well enough in a mere man-at-arms. Antioch fell after a long siege and then only through the treachery of a citizen, an Armenian emir named Feirus, and the Crusaders punished the long resistance by a wholesale slaughter of the citizens, six thousand dying by the sword in a single night.


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