“Saladin’s Youth, 1138-1164” Saladin And The Crusades, from Lane-Poole, Part II, Chapter V

Excerpt from Chapter V: “…The great opportunity seemed to have come. The Franks were discredited and dismayed after the miserable collapse of the Second Crusade; Mesopotamia was quiet under the magnanimous rule of Zengy’s eldest son; the indomitable Anar, who had repeatedly withstood the great Atabeg himself, was dead, and in his stead had risen Ayyub, whose brother was Nur-ed-Din’s trusted marshal; and already the Prince of Damascus had humbly paid homage to the King of Aleppo. If ever the hour had struck for the realising of Zengy’s dream of a Syrian empire, centered at Damascus, it was now.”

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