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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
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arrange everything satisfactorily and see them in stalled, but at the end of that time Belfort would surely be surrendered. The man must have been extraordinarily clever both in his inventions and in acting his part, for Saladin was no novice either in psychology or diplomacy and there must have been some initial suspicion of the enemy so eager to be friendly. At all events, he seemed to have no difficulty in making himself believed. When he said he would expect asylum at Damascus and a sufficient provision for the support of his family, the Sultan already saw him an ally and on the way to becoming a true Moslem. Those in the Sultan's suite were evidently equally convinced, for Beha ed-din wrote that Reginald " argued with us on the subject of our religion, and we reasoned with him in order to show him the vanity of his beliefs. He talked very well and expressed himself with great moderation and courtesy." It looked like a great triumph, this prospective conversion of so fine an intellect and so choice a knight. Reginald was of high reputation throughout the Holy Land, both among his own and the Moslems. Unlike most fighting men, he had a cultivated talent, understood and spoke Arabic, and had an Arab in his train who read to him from the choicest Arabian literature, and expounded the hidden significance of its subtler compositions. In full confidence the Sultan turned his attention to other matters. News that King Guy had already

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