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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT. Saladin. Prince of Chivalry

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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT.
Saladin. Prince of Chivalry
page 56



part of his army across the Tigris, which was a roaring flood a day later. So now, instead of turning away, he went boldly to meet the King's forces. Always in the forefront of the ensuing battle, shouting the war cry of the Prophet, " Take a taste of Hell ! " Zenghi led his men, frenzied by his example, to a veritable slaughter of Baldwin's " princes, knights and counts." The victors waded through a sea of blood, according to Ibn el-Athir, " and the swords of God found their scabbards in the necks of their foes." A fierce opponent and a severe master. His rule was no gentle one, his discipline unyielding. " There can be but one tyrant in my land," he said. A boatman, waking from sleep at his post, saw the cold eyes of the master above him and dropped dead of fear. The government was patterned on that of Malek Shah, but the methods were ruthless. Spies were everywhere. No man was allowed to leave his dominions lest he betray some weakness in its defenses. Acts of violence were punished by crucifixion. His personal slaves walked in fear and trembling, a fact which was to lead to tragic consequences. Against this was the fact that he indulged himself no more than others and held in grateful memory those who served him. As will be shown later, it was this trait which helped materially to bring the family of Saladin to the front at a critical time in its fortunes. With occasional reverses, which were dismissed with indifference, rising promptly to opportunity whenever fortune favored him, he continued to thrust


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