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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 180

on a rainy, windy day — I rode into Jerusalem before him on my mule, and it was so muddy that, as she splashed along, the mud was spattered over him, and his clothes were quite spoilt. But he only laughed, and seeing that I wanted to get behind him, he would not suffer me to do so." Once, after a violent illness, he was taken to a bath. Finding it too hot, he asked for cold water to temper it, but the slave who brought it was awkward and dropped the vessel, some of the water splashing the Sultan's body. In his enfeebled condition the shock was serious. But he said nothing. A second slave, perhaps nervous over the previous accident, repeated the fumbling, and this time the entire contents went over the patient, almost finishing him. The terrified mameluke stuttered an apology. " If thou seekest my death," said Saladin, " at least let me know it." That was all. At the siege of Tyre the father of Conrad, Marquess of Montferrat, the commander of the city, was brought before the walls and the threat was signalled to the latter that the old man's life depended upon the surrender of the city. This was quite in keeping with the ethics of the times both in Europe and the Orient, but when Conrad replied indifferently that they might go ahead with the killing, that his father had lived long enough and, for his part, he would not give up the smallest stone of Tyre to save him, Saladin could not bring himself to carry out the threat, but returned his prisoner to Damascus.

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