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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT. Saladin. Prince of Chivalry

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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT.
Saladin. Prince of Chivalry
page 230



haste to England after the fall of Jerusalem to stir up the Christian world. The two Kings received the Cross from his hands, and, with the Count of Flanders, adopted white, red and green as their colors in the Holy Land. In England a new impost, known as the Saladin tax, called upon every citizen, upon pain of excommunication, to contribute a tithe of his income for the holy war. A similar tax was levied in France, and in both countries the foremost and most eloquent preachers traversed the land inspiring enthusiasm for the proposed expedition. Again were witnessed the excitements, the alleged miracles, the acts of self-sacrifice and devotion, the scenes of hysteria which had marked the preliminaries to the earlier Crusades. All was in preparation for a move to the Holy Land when a fresh quarrel broke out between France and England, causing repeated postponements. William of Sicily was actually the first European ruler to take action, and it was he who brought aid to Tripoli, Tyre and Antioch and helped to recover Jaffa. Frederick Barbarossa, though now an old man, likewise abandoned his throne to go, though this was much later. The joint expedition of Richard and Philip of France did not start until June, 1190. All these were long after Jerusalem had passed into Moslem hands, but the delay only meant a postponement of the trials which Saladin must meet. In the meantime he had not been idle. On the first of November he had appeared again before the walls


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