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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT. Saladin. Prince of Chivalry

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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT.
Saladin. Prince of Chivalry
page 151



sides, this was a palace before Saladin's time, and its sumptuous furnishings, elegant spaciousness and rich decoration are inheritances from former rulers. If there be not the almost magical luxuriousness noted in the abode of the Caliph of Cairo, there are still fine mosaics and magnificent hangings, beautiful rugs, lanterns of chased gold and silver, all manner of oriental furniture of artistic design and cunning workmanship, objets-d'arts innumerable, many of them the spoil of conquest ; and, after the manner of the Orient, the air is languorous with exhalations of many perfumes. Is this a night when music will be part of the entertainment, in honor perhaps of some exceptionally learned stranger among them? Then be sure that when the artist rises to sing or dance, the Sultan will rise also, nor will he resume his seat until the performance is finished. " His modesty was great and his politeness perfect," says Beha ed-din. That is, a connoisseur of courtesy, the perfect knight once more; and the connoisseur, be it in chivalry, in art or just in the fitness of things, evidences his right to the title by the supreme delicacy of his performance. Abd el-Latif, a scholar and physician held in high esteem, sums up his impressions of the Sultan thus : " I found in the person of Salah ed-din a great prince, whose appearance inspired at once respect and affection ; venerated near and far, approachable, deeply intellectual, gracious and noble in thought."


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