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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT. Saladin. Prince of Chivalry

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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT.
Saladin. Prince of Chivalry
page 275



pected, the very moment he landed, to see him fulfil their dearest wish of pushing forward with the siege of the city. This prince, indeed, was justly distinguished for his good judgment and wide experience, for his extreme daring and insatiable ambition. Therefore, when the Moslems heard of his arrival, they were filled with terror and alarm." King Philip had come some months earlier, and his arrival had given the besiegers great encouragement. Nor had he been remiss in pressing the siege, but all that was as nothing compared to the influence of Richard's appearance. And well might it have been, for from that time the siege took on a new character and a spirit of overwhelming confidence was observable in the Christian camp. Although Richard speedily was seized with the local fever, and often unable to take part in the campaign, and though the rivalries and jealousies between him and Philip interfered with harmonious leadership, the master hand held control and even the zealous Cadi could read the handwriting of doom on the walls of the battered city. Unremittingly the Franks now plied their engines of war, and as fast as the ingenuity of the Moslems destroyed these new ones were erected. Richard devised some of the best of these, and had himself taken on a silken couch to watch their working. From his sick bed he himself worked a crossbow with telling effect. With equal zeal and ardor the Sultan led attack upon attack against the Christian camp. Never had he worked so hard, so unflaggingly or with greater in


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