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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT. Saladin. Prince of Chivalry

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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT.
Saladin. Prince of Chivalry
page 244



to-do about sending his confidential servant with a message charging the commander of the castle to surrender. To which the commander replied that he was in the habit of taking his orders from his master and not from his master's servant. Then Reginald said he would see to it himself and, accompanied by some officers, he rode up to the castle gates on a mule, and called upon those within to open them to the officers of the Sultan. A priest came out presently and had a private talk with Reginald in their own tongue, which the Moslem officers did not understand. The only result after the priest returned was a more determined resistance than ever. Still Reginald insisted upon remaining and sending messages calling for the opening of the gates. Never was master more humiliated by defiance from his servants. In the face of the Moslem officers they ignored all his orders and appeals, so that at nightfall, when the little party wended its way back to the Moslem camp, the gates remained as tightly shut and the walls as strongly guarded as ever. " The Sultan was very wroth with this man, who had caused him and his whole army to waste three months, during which time they had done nothing at all," wrote Beha ed-din, and the only wonder is that Saladin did not forget himself and subject his deceiver to some of those oriental tortures which had been effective when exercised by other Sultans. His friend and admirer, the poet Osama, had doubtless told in detail of how the wives of a certain Caliph


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