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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT. Saladin. Prince of Chivalry

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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT.
Saladin. Prince of Chivalry
page 141



to reason? That is the accepted theory. The next day, to be sure, he was more pliable, but that was because the clever envoy came with an appeal which could not be resisted. " Do you not think, Ο Prince," he demanded, " that it is a sin for a man like you, greatest of all Sultans, to have agreed to an armistice with the Franks, the enemies of our faith, to interrupt the Holy War, begun at the wish of Allah, to surrender the government of the land and abandon the advantages of your position, the welfare of your subjects and all Moslems, after having brought the troops of all the provinces, from near and far to the frontier, incurring therefor great expense, and all this only for a prostitute ? How can you answer for this to Allah, the kings of Islam and likewise to the people ? Far be it from me to flatter you, believe me the facts are so. If you will not interest yourself for the forsaken daughter, then do not intervene for this bad woman." In the end a compromise was reached. Nur ad-din agreed to give up the temptress within a year and Saladin agreed to stand with Kilij Arslan if he broke his word. At the end of the year she was shipped off to Bagdad and, so far as we know, Saladin concerned himself no more with her. Nor is there any record of his acquaintance with her before he became her champion. A slender thread for surmise, but she evidently was a fascinating Delilah. Then there was the Princess of Antioch, to whom there is reference later. When Saladin took the town


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