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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT. Saladin. Prince of Chivalry

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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT.
Saladin. Prince of Chivalry
page 211



by his master upon the poor Moslems who had been prisoners in the city and who must now be sent back to their homes. The city, with its surrounding villages, he gave to his son, el-Melek el-Afdal. Toron, a strong fortress, was besieged some two weeks later, and was one of the exceptional places to make a resistance. The mangonels had to be set up and there were repeated assaults before the garrison, " composed of men of tried valor and very zealous for their faith," could be overcome. In the meantime el-Adel had come on from Egypt with an army to help clean up the country quickly and took Jaffa by assault. Contingents were now sent out in all directions and presently the various forces had taken Beirut, Sidon, Jibeil, Haifa, Caesarea, Nazareth, Seffuriya, Tibnin and many others. " With the capture of Beirut the Franks went away from the district and Islam, which had been a stranger, returned to its fatherland." With the exception of Jerusalem, Ascalon and Tyre, and a few fortresses held by the knights of the Hospital and the Temple, practically the entire Kingdom of Jerusalem was now in the hands of the Sultan. Ascalon was taken by him after a siege on the fifth day of September, and Tyre might have been forced had not a considerable part of his army scattered by this time, " each soldier engaged in pillaging on his own account." Probably Tyre might have been captured even at that, and indeed terms had been arranged for its surrender, had Saladin chosen to go there earlier. Regi


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