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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 62

at this time was a schoolboy of thirteen in faraway Baalbek. The story goes on to tell that when Louis upbraided Eleanor and demanded pourquoi? she replied with a torrent of upbraiding. He, the laggard, was resting at his ease, enjoying the flesh-pots of her uncle's providing and forgetful of holy Jerusalem to which he had pledged himself to make his way. Be that as it may, Louis did go on to Jerusalem, and Eleanor with him, refusing to be side-tracked by Raymond into adventures against Aleppo and other cities. In the meantime Conrad had gone to Acre by sea and joined in an attack upon Damascus. King Baldwin of Jerusalem, supported by Louis and Conrad, marched across the Jordan with the Holy Cross before them, and it looked as though the capital of Syria would soon be theirs. But in the thick orchards and gardens surrounding the city lay the enemy in ambush and their arrows found many a target in the ranks of the Crusaders. Only after hard fighting were the Saracens cleared out, but when the Christians sought the river to quench their thirst they found another army awaiting them. Conrad was the hero of this occasion, and by his spirited example, incited an attack which swept the enemy back into the city. However, the expedition proved fruitless. Saracen gold and cunning accomplished what fighting could not. The jealousies between the native Christians and their fellows from over-seas were skilfully exploited, the former having pointed out to them the probability

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