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“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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“The Fall of Edessa, 1127-1144” Saladin And The Crusades, from Lane-Poole, Part I, Chapter IV

Excerpt from Chapter IV: “…Zengy at the head of his men charged the enemy again and again, shouting the words of the Prophet, “Take a taste of Hell!” The Crusaders were utterly routed: “the swords of God were sheathed in the necks of his foes,” and few indeed escaped to tell of the field of shambles. They turned to fly, but what could avail when…the “Martyr” [Zengy] plunged through a sea of blood, cleaving heads and laying bones bare, till the field was covered with mangled corpses and severed limbs. Only those escaped who hid under the heaps of slain, or “mounted the camel of night.”

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“The Harbinger, 1127” Saladin And The Crusades, from Lane-Poole, Part I, Chapter III

Excerpt from Chapter III: “…He [Zengy, Imad el Din] never allowed his armies to trample on the people’s crops – they marched, says the chronicler, “as it were, between two ropes,” – and no soldier was permitted to take even a truss of straw from a peasant without paying for it.”

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Illustration – Battle Between Crusaders and Kurbugha:


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Battle Between Crusaders and Kurbugha, from a Painted Window at St. Denys, 12th Century

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