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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT. Saladin. Prince of Chivalry

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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT.
Saladin. Prince of Chivalry
page 274



for wisdom, who summed up his judgment of the two princes in this declaration: " If any one could give your noble qualities to King Richard and his to you, so that each of you might be endowed with the faculties of the other, then the whole world could not furnish two such princes." In his preface to " The Talisman," Scott makes another comparison of the two monarchs : " The period was that at which the warlike character of Richard I, wild and generous, a pattern of chivalry with all its extravagant virtues and its no less absurd errors, was opposed to that of Saladin, in which the Christian and English monarch showed all the cruelty and violence of an Eastern Sultan, and Saladin, on the other hand, displayed the deep policy and prudence of a European sovereign, whilst each contended which should excel the other in the knightly qualities of bravery and generosity." Richard reached the camp on June 8, 1191. "He brought five and twenty galleys with him," wrote Beha ed-din, " filled with men, arms and stores," and had just dealt the Moslems a body blow by sinking a large ship filled with much needed stores and provisions. " The Franks were filled with so great a joy at his arrival that they lit huge and terrible fires that night in their camp — a sure sign of the important support he had brought them. Their leaders had oftentimes boasted to us that he would come, and held his arrival as a menace over our heads ; and now, according to the people who frequented their camp, they ex


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