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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT. Saladin. Prince of Chivalry

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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT.
Saladin. Prince of Chivalry
page 292



bed and under the care of physicians and nurses at this time, but even then he was not content. While his co-laborers in the camp were relaxed in enjoyment of well-earned leisure after the evening meal, and even later on, when they were gone to their beds, the Sultan's lamp was still burning. Often until the small hours did this fact alone distinguish the royal tent from all others. The next day's work had to be laid out in detail before he could seek his pillow. When the work had finally been completed to his satisfaction, he left Jerusalem and returned to the army. During his absence there had been a number of attacks upon foraging parties of the enemy and in one of these Richard had fallen into an ambush while hawking. Only by the heroic intervention of one of his men, who received the blow cf the lance aimed at the monarch, had he escaped. A new turn to the negotiations with el-Adel came in the form of approaches from the Marquess of Montferrat. That able knight had for some time been in a state of temper, because Richard had interfered with his ambitions. Much had happened since he had thwarted Saladin's attack on Tyre. The death of Queen Sibylla and her infant children a year earlier had again raised the hope of the Marquess that he might be chosen for the throne, and a considerable part of the Frankish knights were favorable to his pretensions, for Guy had never been popular. Conrad was far more their ideal, and his success at Tyre had greatly increased his prestige. His brother had been


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