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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT. Saladin. Prince of Chivalry

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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT.
Saladin. Prince of Chivalry
page 184



The first named was secured finally through an arrangement whereby Sinjar, which had been taken by Saladin, was exchanged for the more important city. That, however, came about through the fear of Imad ed-din of the possible results of his unpopularity with the citizens of Aleppo. He was hooted in the streets when the facts became known and a derisive crowd carried a wash tub before him, shouting that he was better equipped to take in washing than to be a governor of a great city. They gave Saladin a warm reception. Kerak, after repeated sieges, seemed likely to succumb. The town was en fête for the wedding of the -fourth Humphrey of Toron with the half-sister of the King when Saladino men forced an entry, and Reginald barely escaped into the fortress ; but that held out against all assaults and presently a relieving force was encamped near by. Much as Saladin desired to get his pestiferous enemy it was not worth his while to keep up the siege. Again must be recorded one of his acts of chivalry. Reginald, whether in boastfulness or to make a show of his own sense of knightly courtesy, sent.meat and wine from the wedding feast to Saladin, and the latter gave strict orders that there must be no firing upon the tower in which the bride and bridegroom had their quarters. Many raids and engagements, some of which were battles of potential consequence, marked the passing time. Then Saladin returned to Damascus, and for a


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