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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT. Saladin. Prince of Chivalry

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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT.
Saladin. Prince of Chivalry
page 220



Mothers cut the tresses of their daughters and plunged them naked into the tubs of cold water, hoping thus to ward off their ravishment. " But the Lord could not hear the prayers and the clamor made in the city, whose wickedness would not permit these to rise to him." Balian returned to the Sultan the next day and there was a lot of parleying and bargaining, with Balian wisely reverting many times to the repute of the Sultan for magnanimity toward the unfortunate, and finally terms were agreed upon. Inasmuch as Saladin had vowed to take the city by assault, it was essential that the city surrender as though it had been taken, but he agreed in advance to ransom the population upon reasonable terms, the men to pay ten besants, the women five and the children one. As for the poor, he would accept thirty thousand besants for seven thousand of them, and in all cases two women were to count as one man and ten children likewise. All thus ransomed were to be permitted to take with them their arms and their goods. Forty days were allowed for the payments and all who failed to pay within that time were to become the absolute property of the Sultan. How he exercised his power over these unfortunates had already been told. Again it was a Friday which saw the final act in this triumph of the Moslem arms, and their rejoicing was not lessened by the fact that it was also the anniversary of "the night of the ascension of the Holy Prophet into Heaven." The whole of Islam was ex


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