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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT. Saladin. Prince of Chivalry


Sir John Froissart's Chronicles of England, France, Spain and the Ajoining Countries from the latter part of the reign of Edward II to the coronation of Henry IV in 12 volumes 

Chronicles of Enguerrand De Monstrelet (Sir John Froissart's Chronicles continuation) in 13 volumes 

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Saladin. Prince of Chivalry
page 213

arriving there the night before the proposed surrender to the Sultan. Abundantly supplied with arms and food, and aided by a goodly force of veteran soldiers, he was in no mood to carry out the terms arranged by the less valorous Sidoa. The banners of the Sultan were thrown into the moat and, while Sidon was running away to Antioch, Conrad was putting the town in shape to resist a siege. Messengers were despatched to surrounding places, encouraging them to hold out, fresh walls were built and the old ones strengthened, the moat deepened and the population inspired to make a new and more vigorous resistance. Saladin, chafing to finish his program, saw he had a clever and resourceful opponent to deal with, and concluded it would not be worth the time and energy involved to stay there. It was then he moved on to Ascalon. The way was now clear for the final great move of the campaign, the siege of Jerusalem. He had sent on to that city, asking that persons empowered to treat with him for its surrender be sent to him, and when a committee arrived he told them he had the wish to spare them the horrors of a siege. Balian's squire quotes him thus : " I too believe that Jerusalem is the House of God, and I do not want to besiege the House of God, nor to put it to assault. If I may have it by peace and good will, I will tell you what I will do. I will give you thirty thousand besants and I will give you five leagues around the city to cultivate and to do what you wish,

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