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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT. Saladin. Prince of Chivalry

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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT.
Saladin. Prince of Chivalry
page 190



Khelat, Syra, Azerbijan and other sections with blood, but these did not affect the leadership of Islam, which was now firmly established in the Sultan, with none to dispute it. Still convalescing slowly, Saladin moved on to Aleppo, and from there to Damascus, where there were great rejoicings over his recovery, and where he settled down to plan the greater campaign which peace in his own dominions now made possible. His first step was to safeguard his control by placing those of his family who had shown themselves able to hold their own in charge of the more important places. Evidently he foresaw that his next undertaking would require all his own time and energies, and that he must give over to these lieutenants full control over the particular territories entrusted to their care. It was no easy task, all the more so as he must avoid wounding the sensibilities of those about to be shifted. As it was, the nephew, el-Melek el-Mozaffer, who was recalled from Egypt, was so aggrieved he was on the point of going over to the nomad Arabs of Barka, and was only dissuaded by the emphatic warnings of some of the chief officers in Egypt. Saladin could not have been ignorant of this, but he was ever anxious to keep amicable relations with members of his family, and there was no mention of disagreeable facts when the young man returned to Damascus. Indeed, the Sultan went as far as Merj es-Soffer, a distance of thirtyeight miles, to receive him. El-Melek el-Adel now became governor of Egypt.


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