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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT. Saladin. Prince of Chivalry

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CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT.
Saladin. Prince of Chivalry
page 308



to meet the same fate. A third leaps from the citadel to the strand, a great height, and plunges into the sea to bring to Richard the news the citadel has not yielded and only waits his succor. " What fine soldiers they were ! " exclaims the Cadi, " how brave and courageous ! " And Richard's galley is the first to reach the shore. At the head of his men, his great sword in action with the usual dire results to the enemy, he drives the Moslems before him, they only too glad to escape with their lives. He was in a sportive humor when the chamberlain of el-Adel came to him at his invitation the next day. " This Sultan is mighty, and there is none greater or mightier than him in this land of Islam. Why, then, did he make off at my first appearance? By God! I was not even armed or ready to fight. I am still wearing only the shoes I wore on board." The truth was the Sultan knew nothing of his arrival until after he had relieved the city, and was negotiating for the surrender of the citadel with two envoys when the Cadi brought him the news. "Great and good God!" Richard went on, "I should have thought he could not take Jaffa in two months and yet he made himself master of it in two days." However, his purpose in summoning the chamberlain was not to comment but to renew requests for peace. The bone of contention still remained the same, and Richard, crafty as ever, now suggested that the troops he would leave in Jaffa and Ascalon would ever


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