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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT. Saladin. Prince of Chivalry

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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT.
Saladin. Prince of Chivalry
page 272



icier of his voyage from England remarked, " This, too, was a wonderful thing, that the King was no less hearty and healthy, strong and hale, light and active, on sea than he was wont to be on land. From this I conclude that there was not any man in the world stronger than he, either on land or sea." Brave to rashness, of extraordinary skill and prowess in personal combat, impudent and autocratic, as became the omnipotent king anointed of God, his mere appearance before an enemy was equal in intimidation to a whole regiment of ordinary belted knights. To the Saracens, not easily affrighted, he appeared well nigh supernatural. " Do you think that King Richard is on the track that you spring so wildly from it? " the Moslem rider would demand of his unruly horse. iEven before his arrival at Acre he had become a menace by the mere threat of it, for his reputation had long preceded him. No sooner was he there than he became both a scourge and a legend. Before his departure he had ridden unattended along the whole front of the Moslem army, shaking a challenging lance, and of all the daring warriors of Islam not one had responded. To be sure, they were in a rebellious mood that day, and their silence may have been primarily due to their anger at the Sultan, but Richard knew naught of that, and his insolent daring was not inspired thereby. Saladino courage was no less genuine. Almost


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