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“Damascus, 1183 – 1186” Saladin And The Crusades, from Lane-Poole, Part III, Chapter XII


Excerpt from Chapter XII: “…Nevertheless, whatever the amity of Saladin and Raymond (de Chatillon), the truce was like the troubled sleep of a soldier, which might be broken in an instant by the call to arms. It was no real peace whilst the Patriarch Heraclius scoured Europe to beat up recruits, whilst English knights from the Cheviots to the Pyrenees took up the Cross, whilst the two great Military Orders were burning to strike a blow for the faith. The Holy War was sleeping, but it was sure to awake.”

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