History of the Crusades

History of the Crusades

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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. 1865 edition. Excerpt: ...were engaged in constant quarrels, while both of them carried on a feud with the clergy. Everything seemed to presage that the Christian kingdom could not long resist the attacks of a powerful monarch like Saladin, though the natural valour of the knights of European race and their long familiarity with war promised that the victory would not be a bloodless one. Of this valour a signal proof was given on the plains of Galilee in the year 1187. An army of Mussulmans was advancing in the Christian territory, when 500 of the Templars and Hospitallers, animated by an indomitable spirit, precipitated themselves suddenly upon the host of the unbelievers. Though immensely outnumbered, they fought with such ferocity that the tide of battle was long doubtful. At length, surrounded by mountains of slain, the valorous Christian knights were nearly all left dead on the field. The Grand Master of the Temple and two of his knights alone escaped from that terrible carnage. The great loss which the Christian power in Palestine received from the destruction of these brave defenders of the Holy Sepulchre, sufficed to show the Christian chiefs the danger in which they stood, and to make them unite in opposing the threatening preparations of # Saladin. Guy de Lusignan, who was now recognised as King of Jerusalem, assembled an army of all the Christian soldiers who could be collected at Sephouri. The number of his forces amounted to about 50,000, while the Sultan of Egypt, at the head of 80,000 cavalry and an immense number of foot soldiers, was advancing in Galilee, and preparing to attack ATTACK UPON SALADIN AT TIBEKIAS. 117 Tiberias. In this place the wife and children of Raymond, Count of Tripoli, were shut up, but the count himself, believing that any attempt...show more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236681630
  • 9781236681638