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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 139

tent until he called for me," said the Prince. " When I went in, I saw that he had just received a quantity of fruit that had been sent to him from Damascus. 'Send for the emirs,' he said, Met them come and taste.' These words removed my anxiety, and I went to summon them. They entered trembling, but he re ceived them with smiles and so graciously that they were reassured and set at their ease." Perhaps most disappointing is the utter lack of food for romance of the heart. Whether it was because the Moslem writers did not wish to detract from the bigness of their hero by bringing forward woman and her entanglements, or for the reason that the love affairs of the East are not regarded from our point of view, there is no reference to sex relations beyond cursory references to his married life. The Christian chroniclers, to whom Saladin was always a fascinating per. sonality, whether to be praised or reviled, delved wide and deep in their search for facts upon which to base a romantic tale. Finding none, they invented quite a few. Reference has already been made to Eleanor of France. A hundred years after Saladin's time French ladies were being thrilled by the tale as set down in verse by the author of "Récits d'un Menestral de Reims." How they must have glowed with excitement when the Queen, with her two demoiselles carrying coffers stuffed with gold and silver, followed Saladin's messenger through the secret passage from her cham ber to the waiting galley on the strand of sleeping An tioch! And the suspense when the fair lady stands

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