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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT. Saladin. Prince of Chivalry

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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT.
Saladin. Prince of Chivalry
page 204



honeymoon in the tower of Kerak had been respected by the Sultan — the son of Count Raymond, the truc ulent Reginald de Chatillon and the Lord of Jibeil were among the nobles taken captive. Many others had been slain. " As to the common people, some were killed and others taken captive. Of their whole army none re mained alive except the prisoners. More than one of their chief leaders accepted captivity to save his life. A man, whom I believe to be reliable, told me that he saw one soldier in the Hauran leading more than thirty prisoners together tied with a tent cord. He had taken them all himself, so great had been the panic caused by their defeat." Thus Beha ed-din. The hills and valleys were strewn with corpses and decapitated heads lay about for days like so many melons. So many horses had been taken that the soldiers found it difficult to find a purchaser, and the price of a Christian slave fell to three dinars in Damascus. One soldier sold his prisoner for a pair of shoes and another felt himself fortunate to get eighty dinars for a man, his wife, three boys and two girls. Reports of the strength of Guy's army vary. Some put it as low as twenty-three thousand. Others as high as sixty-three. Imad ed-din estimated the slain alone at thirty thousand. In any event it appears to have been fully double that of Saladin. It is the only time when the Moslems were the victors against anything like the same odds, and it was due entirely to the Sul


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