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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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upon the helpless mass, sweeping horses and men alike into the abyss. It was a poor remnant which finally reached Attalia. Here Louis arranged with the Greek governor for the transfer of the unarmed pilgrims to Tarsus, while he took his army to Antioch by sea; but the trust was betrayed, and the sufferings of the former were so great many forsook their faith for that of the enemy, who took pity on them and fed them when the Greeks left them to starve. " Ο kindness, more cruel than Greek treachery! " exclaimed the Latin chronicler, "for, giving bread, they stole the true faith." Louis was well received at Antioch (March, 1148), where Raymond, his wife's uncle, was the ruler, but later there was disagreement, for Louis suspected the uncle of being too attentive to the wife. There is a tale of later days which asserts that it was not Raymond who aroused the jealousy of the royal spouse, but a valiant young Saracen named Saladin, the report of whose heroic exploits had thrown the queen into a fever of love. The author even goes into the details of the romance, telling how the queen made known her heartsickness and how the gallant Saladin sent to the harbor of Antioch a splendid barge to transport his lady love. The latter, leaving Louis asleep in the royal couch, stole to the strand and was about to be handed into the boat when Louis appeared and dragged her back. A pestiferous maid had betrayed her at the crucial moment. Alas, for the cruel intervention of historical fact into this charming idyll! Saladin

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