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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT. Saladin. Prince of Chivalry

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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT.
Saladin. Prince of Chivalry
page 189



he could not survive. Barely able to keep his saddle he arrived at the castle of Mozaffer ed-din at Harran, where he lingered between life and death for some time, and his own state of mind may be judged from his calling in his officers to swear fidelity to his sons. His brother, el-Melek el-Adel brought physicians from Aleppo, but his recovery was slow. However, his illness encouraged Izz ed-din to send another mission to sue for peace, and Beha ed-din, who headed it, made the most of the doubtful situation in which the Sultan found himself. He himself wrote that his instructions were " to obtain favorable conditions quickly," and he lost no time in executing his errand. At the end of February, 1186 the terms were agreed upon and Beha ed-din administered the oath to the Sultan and to his brother, the latter being included evidently by the astute Cadi upon the principle that under the circumstances one could not be sure what might happen. The agreement left the Atabeg in possession of his city and considerable appendages, but he was to acknowledge the Sultan's sovereignty, by having his name mentioned in the public prayers and printing it upon the coinage. It was a fair compromise and it put the rest of the world on notice that the last threatening sore upon the body of Islam had been healed. There might still be bloody feuds between the minor princes, as there was one even then between the Kurds and the Turcomans, which was to last through several years and deluge Upper Mesopotamia, Diarbekr,


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