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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT. Saladin. Prince of Chivalry

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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT.
Saladin. Prince of Chivalry
page 129



" How, my lord," returned the chamberlain, " can such a thing be found here? " Turan Shah went on to enumerate all the different kinds of fruits which were procurable in the markets of Damascus, and with each his treasurer was forced to make the same reply. Then said the former to the messenger : " I should like to know what is to be done with these riches, since they cannot procure me the pleasures of life, nor furnish me with what I desire. Money cannot be eaten." All of which, of course, was meant to be repeated to the royal brother, so he might realize how impossible it was to keep the eldest born at so unpleasant a job. Although he had held rich and profitable sinecures all along, when Turan Shah died he owed two hundred thousand dinars, which Saladin made good to the creditors out of his own pocket. Upon el Melek el-Adel, another brother, Saladin showered the greatest favors, and at the height of Saladino career he was his mainstay, representing him in Egypt for a considerable period. Once, when el-Adel was departing for Egypt after a long sojourn with Saladin, the latter insisted upon accompanying him for a part of his journey. This brother became known to the Franks as Saphadin, and was received into close intimacy by Richard the Lion-Hearted. It was he whom the King of England talked of making his brother-in-law, and he was always selected by Saladin to represent him when Richard wished to discuss


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