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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT. Saladin. Prince of Chivalry

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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT.
Saladin. Prince of Chivalry
page 269



into the camp. The European vanguard only, all these. An English fleet arrives at Tyre, with more supplies and additional men, under Ranulf de Glanville, with Baldwin, Archbishop of Canterbury, and Hubert Walter, Bishop of Salisbury, to give it the right spirit. They are but the precursors of the Kings of France and England, now actually on their way. If there is discouragement among the emirs, these new arrivals find conditions none too good in the Christian camp. Saladin would very likely have been cheered could he have read the pronouncement of the chaplain of the Archbishop: " We found our army (I say it with grief and groaning) given up to shameful practices, and yielding to ease and lust rather than encouraging virtue. The Lord is not in the camp ; there is none that doeth good. The chiefs envy one another, and strive for privilege. The lesser folk are in want and find no one to help them. In the camp there is neither chastity, sobriety, faith, nor charity. . . . The Turks are besieging us, and daily do they challenge us and persist in attacking us, while our knights lie skulking within their tents. . . . Saladin's strength is increasing daily, whereas our army daily grows smaller." Saladin had withdrawn his army from the malarial plain, so he could communicate with Acre only by pigeon or the skilful Arab divers, who carried messages by swimming between the city and the Sultan's forces, but he was watching the enemy closely, prepared to meet any sortie from their camp. His opportunity came when a large body of the enemy came out


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