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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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to get provisions from Haifa. They were disappointed in this, but a fight ensued which lasted for several days, with severer losses to the Franks than to the Moslems. A little later on another foray of Franks was caught in ambush, and a number of men of rank, including the treasurer of the French king, were taken prisoner. Ill as he was, Saladin was not to be cheated of the opportunity to show that he was still a bon chevalier. All these men were taken to his tent, where he inquired as to their standing, and " clad them in robes of honor. He gave a furred robe of the first class to the commander of the King of France's troops, and on all the others, without exception, he bestowed a Jerkh fur, for they were suffering greatly from the cold, which was at that time very severe." A banquet was spread and a special tent erected for them. Later they were allowed to write to their friends and to send to their camp for their belongings. Finally they were supplied with good horses to carry them to Damascus, where they were treated at all times like honored guests rather than as prisoners of war. A pleasant interlude in times that tried the Sultan's soul. To the Cadi, ever watchful of his master, who protested against his exposing himself when he was so ill, he replied lightly in the words of a distinguished Moslem soldier, who called upon his friends in the midst of a death struggle with his adversary, Malek el-Ashter, "Kill me and Malek; kill Malek with me ! " He, too, would welcome death could he but destroy the enemy at the same time.

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