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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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of Egypt had avenged his death on the body of the murderer, who was nailed alive against the walls of the palace. In his early days in Cairo Saladin must have viewed, if for curiosity only, the subterranean depths to which the Caliph's enemies had been consigned, both dead and alive. The ingenious minds of both past and present had contrived many ways of handling a case like this, and some of these were outlined to the Lord of Sidon by his escort, who charged him flatly with having used them to convey messages through his priest which only heartened the garrison to further resistance. But these threats had no effect upon Reginald. Probably they would have been viewed less calmly had they come directly from Saladin. Beha ed-din reports that " on the night of his return terrible threats were used to make him yield," but does not state who made them. Anyhow, they had no effect. Saladin upbraided Reginald "bitterly for His perfidy " later on, but the Sultan's sword remained in its scabbard and, though the knight was takenΐο the prison at the Castle of Banias, there was no torture. There were more important matters to hold the Sultan's attention. The precious time lost could not be regained by punishing the Lord of Sidon, but it was of the greatest importance that no more be wasted. The army of King Guy was waxing stronger through accessions from England and France and there could no longer be any doubt of the menace against Acre. Still Saladin hesitated. Guy's army was moving, and in the anticipated direction, and a contingent of

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