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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
page 268

found him on the road, and compelled him to return by threat of force, was he induced to go back. Usually, remarked the Sultan, his experience had shown that charges made against men were greatly exaggerated, but in this instance they had understated the facts. Shortly thereafter, Imad ed-din, uncle of the young deserter, was likewise threatening to leave. In his own hand Saladin wrote this message : " I should like to know what advantage it would be to you to lose the support of a man like me." The implied threat had effect, but these two instances only showed what the Sultan had to contend with in his own camp. All this time he was suffering great pain, yet he continued to lead his troops, and the only time he could not do this his secretary records he saw tears of vexation coursing down his cheeks. At one time his whole body down to his waist was covered with throbbing postules, and he was unable to sit long enough to eat, yet he managed to get into his saddle and remained there a whole morning actively engaged. To the expostulating cadi and his physician he replied indifferently that he did not notice the pain so much when he was mounted. But he had no thought of giving in, even with conditions growing steadily worse. Never had he shown more patience or fortitude. Nor were these shaken when Henry of Troyes, Count of Champagne, arrived with large supplies of food and arms for the opposing forces and ten thousand men. Nor later still, when the dreaded Germans, dwindled to a mere thousand, came

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