Great Events; Described by Distinguished Historians, Chroniclers, and Other Writers

Great Events; Described by Distinguished Historians, Chroniclers, and Other Writers

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1862 edition. Excerpt: ...fire, on both sides, but not so furiously on the part of the Knights, who reserved the little powder left them for the assaults they were unavoidably to stand. The Grand-master, seeing the attack begin again, sent for the inhabitants, who had spoken to him with so much ostentation of their courage; and told them, that now was the time of their giving him proofs of it; and an order was issued out in his name, and published with sound of trumpet, to all the citizens to repair immediately to the advanced posts, with a strict injunction not to quit them, either day or night, under pain of death. The townsmen obeyed this order, for some days; but a certain young man, terrified at the danger to which he was exposed, from the enemy's artillery, stealing home in the night, the Grand-master sent to take him, and the council of war condemned him to be hanged, as an example to the rest, and in order to keep up discipline. Though all the fortifications of Rhodes were ruined, and the city was, in a manner, no more than a heap of stones and rubbish, yet the Knights still kept their ground, in the barbacan, or faussebraye, of the bastion of Spain, where the Grand-master himself lodged, in order to take the better care of its defence. The Turks attacked it on the seventeenth of December. The engagement was very bloody and obstinate. They fought, almost the whole day, on both sides, with equal animosity. The Grand-master, and the few Knights he had left, ran, as we may say, to meet their wounds; and, rather than survive the loss of the place, went in quest of death, that seemed to fly from them. In fine, they exerted themselves so nobly, that, after making a terrible slaughter of the enemy, they forced them to retire. But the Infidels, animated by the reproaches...show more

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  • Paperback | 156 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 290g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236646045
  • 9781236646040