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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT. Saladin. Prince of Chivalry

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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT.
Saladin. Prince of Chivalry
page 202



but the commander in that section cleverly opened his ranks and let the Count through with his men, closing up again when they had passed, and thus di viding the forces of the King. Raymond stopped long enough to see the day was hopelessly lost, then fled on to Tripoli, where he died shortly thereafter, some say of grief and some that he perished under the daggers of the Assassins. The final stand of the soldiers of the Cross was, as would be expected, around the Holy Cross itself. This had been set upon a little eminence beside the tent of the King, and around both were grouped their last grim defenders. Saladin's son, el-Afdal, tells of standing beside his father while these heroes of the last stand were being rushed by the warriors of the Prophet. The knights had made a gallant charge, driving the Moslems back upon the Sultan. " I watched him and saw his dismay," said the lad. " He changed color, tugged at his beard and rushed forward shouting, 6 Give the devil the lie ! ' So the Moslems fell upon the enemy, who retreated up the hill. When I saw the Franks fleeing and the Moslems pursuing, I cried in my glee, " We have routed them! " But the Franks charged again and drove our men back once more to where my Father was. Again he urged them forward, and they drove the enemy up the hill. Again I shouted, " We have routed them! " But Father turned to me and said,cHold thy peace! We have not beaten them so long as that tent stands there.'" No deceiving the experienced soldier, who


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