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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 153

to report the fact to his royal master. For the first and only time, apparently, Saladin was openly vexed with his loyal secretary. " What," he exclaimed, " am I to receive the visit of a man like that and let him depart with no evidence of my liberality? " He was so deeply stirred that the Cadi felt he must try to placate him, and despatched forthwith a letter to the Sufi, begging him to return. When he came the Sultan kept him as his guest of honor for several days, and " sent him away laden with gifts — a robe of honor, a suitable riding animal and a great number of garments for distribution among the members of his family, and his disciples and neighbors. He gave him also money for the expenses of his journey." Of all who were welcomed in his home none brought so much joy to him as this type of holy man, learned and talented expounders of the Koran. There would be no ground for criticizing the behavior of the assemblage when one of these took the floor at the gatherings in the Palace. It would be a mute and almost breathless audience which listened while the hafedh recited freely and with sonorous eloquence, bringing out both the poetry and the significance of the sayings of the Prophet. It might be a recital from the Traditions, in which are incorporated the life and doings of Ma homet. Or it might be an inspired exposition of some of the subtleties of his teachings. There is singing rhythm in the Koran and the feeling of poetry in it and its corollaries, and the proper

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