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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT. Saladin. Prince of Chivalry

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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT.
Saladin. Prince of Chivalry
page 113



of his opponents ; but his monumental patience could not be exhausted. When the time came he would make the payment doubly dear—as Reginald of Chatillon, who had gone so far as to attack a caravan of harmless merchants and pilgrims notwithstanding the truce, was to learn. As also, those princes of Moslem faith who were conspiring again with the Franks, this time in contemplation of a united attack upon him, now regarded as the supreme common enemy. On May nth Saladin returned to Syria, not to take action but to be on the scene. His departure from Egypt was marked by a dramatic incident which for some time was magnified far beyond its importance. The whole world over superstition and belief in the supernatural held sway over even the clearest minds and Saladin, enlightened though he was in most respects, was not superior to his times and environment in this respect. Moreover, it was part of his faith to believe in the djinns, both good and bad, and their intervention in the affairs of men. They are mentioned in various places in the Koran itself. There were even many Moslems who believed in a mysterious body of men called Abdul who, having led holy lives on earth, were permitted after death to intervene in the matters of this world. Astrologers always accompanied his army and consulted the stars before any important action. The night before he left Cairo there was a gathering of notables and friends at the Palace to bid the Sultan farewell. There was a general entertainment, with


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