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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT. Saladin. Prince of Chivalry


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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Saladin. Prince of Chivalry
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condemned man dragged through the streets and then burned. It happens that he dies four days later and, when the funeral cortege passes through the streets, the crowd rushes in, seizes the body and subjects it to the same treatment. The Archbishop of Roha levies a tax during the absence of the city's ruler, ostensibly to help defend the city, but really to enrich himself. When the enemy arrives he comes out of his church with his gold concealed under his robes, intending to make for the citadel before the foe can enter. But- his attempt is illtimed and the gates have already been forced. He seeks to flee but, weighted down by his ill-gotten riches, he stumbles before the very horses of the invaders and is trampled to death. Against these instances of violence and selfishness may be set many instances of flaming heroism and generous forbearance at the height of victory, of knightly courtesy, of instinctive response to situations making appeal to the emotions. But truth compels the admission that these are the acts of rare individuals and not nearly so symptomatic of the times or the general attitude. Presently there will appear upon the scene a man named Saladin, to whom the exceptional becomes the commonplace.

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