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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT. Saladin. Prince of Chivalry

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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT.
Saladin. Prince of Chivalry
page 291



Sultan visited the works every evening and had a meal served after the evening prayer. Quite suddenly he decided to visit Jerusalem. This, after all, was the goal of all Richard's efforts, and the fear that he might reach it was at the base of Saladin's anxieties. Having turned the command over to el-Adel, he went off secretly with a small guard, and reached Jerusalem the following day. After a careful inspection of the defenses, he decided the walls must be strengthened and the moats widened. His nervous apprehensions may be judged from the fact he was not content to supervise and instruct, as usual, but felt impelled to take part in the actual labor. In his physical condition this rough, hard work was far from wise, but the influence of seeing the Sultan carrying heavy stones on his own royal shoulders worked wonders with the populace. Rich and poor, strong and weak, young and old, followed his example, with the result that the scarcity of material where it was most needed was soon overcome, yet few could keep pace with the master. A vision of Richard's men attacking the walls must have been ever before his eyes, driving him on, for his exertions were almost superhuman. Out of his tent at dawn, he toiled continuously until midday, when he returned to eat and to rest while the burning sun made heavy work out of doors dangerous. At four he was at it again and kept on until darkness made it impossible to continue. Taxing days for one who should have been in his


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