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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT. Saladin. Prince of Chivalry

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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT.
Saladin. Prince of Chivalry
page 127



tantly gave his assent. The reason for his attitude was made clear in his talk with Saladino eldest brother, Turan Shah. " If thou art going to look upon thy brother with the eyes of the past," said Nur ed-din, " when he was only Yusuf, who stood and served thee whilst thou didst stay seated, then I advise thee not to go there. Thou wouldst bring disorder into the country and I would be obliged to recall thee and to punish thee, as thou wouldst deserve. But, if thou consentest to see in him only the ruler of Egypt and my lieutenant, and to serve him with the same devotion thou hast shown me, thou canst go to thy brother and help to support fiimin all his enterprises." Of course, Turan Shah promised to be a good soldier. Nur ed-din had not yet become jealous of his lieutenant and facilitated the travels of Turan Shah and his company, which included Ayub, the father, and many friends who wished to serve under Saladin, by laying siege to Kerak, and thus preventing interference from that fortress, Which commanded the route across the desert. Turan Shah proved a valuable aid. He led a force into the Yemen and prepared a retreat there for Saladin should Nur ed-din come to Egypt with bellicose intentions. He also pursued the rebellious negroes into their country and stamped out their conspiracy with the adherents of the Caliph. But, of course, he never could quite swallow the fact that he was the eldest brother nor the recollection of the time when he was


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