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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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Egyptian Caliphs, never knew of his deposition. He was ill at the time and the news was kept from him at Saladino express order. " If he recover," said he, "he will learn the truth soon enough ; if not, let him die in peace." Three days after the ecclesiastical revolution the Caliph died, still in blessed ignorance, leaving four wives and eleven sons, beside many other relatives. The lot of them were immured in the palace by the order of Saladino trusted agent, and, though they were accorded all the luxuries to which they had been accustomed, their further increase was checked by separating the men from the women. It is pleasant to note that already Saladin's kindliness was becoming a subject of comment. He had refused to heed a request for his personal attendance from the dying Caliph, suspecting this might be another plot to seize his person, but when he was convinced that the Caliph had been moved by a real desire to see him, he openly expressed remorse at not having complied with the request, and spoke in praise of the Caliph's gentleness and other good qualities. Considering how many plots against his very life, as well as government, had proceeded from the Palace, this surely was magnanimous. El-Adid died Sept. 13, 1171. There was therefore no longer any opposition to be feared in Egypt. The dispensing of large sums from the treasure left by the Caliph among the emirs, the soldiers and the citizens, helped greatly to increase Saladino popularity, and his foraging expeditions added largely to his prestige.

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