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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT. Saladin. Prince of Chivalry

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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT.
Saladin. Prince of Chivalry
page 241



forgotten his pledge to abstain from warring on the Moslems, and was marching to Tyre with a consider able army, called for some attention. It was learned that Conrad had closed the gates in the King's face, denying him entry, but there were no hostilities and the King's army had been permitted to camp outside the walls. After a short delay, Guy's army, reinforced by some contingents from Tyre, was on the march, and the Sultan foresaw that the objective would be Acre. It turned out that this move was still being delayed, but there could be no doubt that it would eventuate sooner or later and, after some minor skirmishes, Saladin went to Acre once more, still possessed by the foreboding that the brunt of the next major movement on the part of the Franks would be against that city. More strengthening of walls was ordered and again a solemn warning of vigilance delivered to those in charge. In the meantime there had been whisperings that the Lord of Sidon had been cajoling the Sultan, and had used his period of grace to strengthen his defenses and improve his supplies. These doubts reached the royal ears and stirred their owner to sudden action. A few days before the date of the promised surrender of Belfort the Sultan's army was again encamped upon the adjacent heights. If the wily deceiver was affected by this menace he gave no indication of it, but made his appearance at the Sultan's tent early and in the same spirit of apparent loyalty as before. Giving the Sultan no time to ex


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