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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
page 50

militant of the organizations of the Church permitted its sacred precincts to be defiled by appeals to the Prophet! Osama makes it clear that this occurred only after the first Crusaders had surrendered to the spirit of their environment and before the Second Crusade had started. The pilgrims from Europe who arrived between these two periods, unfamiliar with the customs and influences of the country, were stirred to high indignation at the sight of the friendly relations between their co-religionists and " the pagans," and started in promptly to disrupt them. Even at the best fundamental differences had not been overcome but only glossed over. The Christian clung to his Cross and the Moslem to his Prophet as tenaciously as ever, and the opposition of the two could never be composed. The mere possession of Jerusalem by one or the other would be a thorn in the flesh for the one excluded. The Arabs called it Bait al Mukaddas or Bait al Makdis — the Holy House — or al Kuds — the Holy — and held it next in sanctity to Mecca and Medina. It was to be the scene of " the Great Gathering on the last Judgment Day." On that day the Christians were convinced that the infidel Moslems would be plunged into the fires of hell, and the supporters of the Prophet were equally certain the infidel Christians would suffer the same dire punishment. But, in the brief interlude of good will, each had been willing to let the other live his life on this earth unmolested, leaving it to the Lord to provide the torments of the future.

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