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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT. Saladin. Prince of Chivalry

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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT.
Saladin. Prince of Chivalry
page 195



In face of this disaster and the impetus it gave to the Saracen cause, Raymond waived his dislike for King and Templar, and agreed to be reconciled. They came together, King and Count embraced, and it seemed for the moment that Saladin would be con fronted for the first time by a united enemy. But it was not in Gerard to be placated, and his enmity for Raymond still outweighed all else. In July the army of the King, supported by all the forces of the independent rulers of the coast cities, was mustered at the fountain of Sepphoris, between Acre and the Sea of Galilee. Here came tidings from Raymond's wife that Saladin was at the gates of Tiberias, and that she would not be able to resist him unaided. The King summoned his nobles in council and Raymond took the word in response to the King's request that he speak. " I will give you good counsel," said he, "but I doubt that I will be believed. Let Tiberias go. If they take my wife and my men and my goods, I will recover them when I may. It is better they should be taken than that everything be lost. Between here and Tiberias there is no water except the little fountain of Cresson.'' What would they do without the wherewithal to water man and beast, while the enemy was well provided? To take that road meant certain destruction. His speech carried conviction and it was agreed to let the city go and hold the army intact for a more favorable occasion. But the irreconcilable Gerard


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