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Saladin and the Fall of the Kingdom of Jerusalem
     

Saladin and the Fall of the Kingdom of Jerusalem

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by Stanley Lane-Poole
 

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This vintage book contains Stanley Lane Poole’s 1898 biography of the twelfth century Sultan of Egypt and Syria; Saladin the Merciful. This extensive and uniquely insightful biography was the first of its kind in the English language, and tells the fascinating story of where Saladin came from, how he attained his control of the Saracens’ army, his

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This vintage book contains Stanley Lane Poole’s 1898 biography of the twelfth century Sultan of Egypt and Syria; Saladin the Merciful. This extensive and uniquely insightful biography was the first of its kind in the English language, and tells the fascinating story of where Saladin came from, how he attained his control of the Saracens’ army, his conquering of the Frankish kingdoms, and Richard the Lionheart’s retaking of much of those kingdoms. Highly recommended for those with an interest in the Crusades, this antiquarian biography would make for a worthy addition to any collection. Contents include: “Saladin’s World”, “The First Crusade, 1098”, “The Harbinger, 1127”, “The Fall of Jerusalem, 1127”, “The Fall of Edessa, 1127-1144”, “Saladin’s Youth”, “The Conquest of Egypt”, “Vezir of Egypt”, “Saladin at Cairo”, “The Conquest of Syria”, “Truces and Treaties”, etcetera. Stanley Edward Lane-Poole (1854 - 1931) was a British archaeologist and orientalist. Many antiquarian texts such as this - especially those dating back to the 1900s and before - are becoming increasingly rare and expensive. It is with this in mind, that we are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition. It comes complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author.

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BN ID:
2940025950455
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
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Format:
NOOK Book
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713 KB

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THE LIFE OF SALADIN. CHAPTER I. Saladin's World. IN the year 1132 a broken army, flying before its pursuers, reached the left bank of the Tigris. On the other side, upon a steep cliff, stood the impregnable Fortress of Tekrit, defended landwards by a deep moat and accessible only by secret steps cut in the rock and leading from the heart of the citadel to the water's edge. The one hope of the fugitives was to attain the refuge of the castle, and their fate turned upon the disposition of its warden. Happily he chose the friendly part, and provided a ferry by which they crossed to safety. The ferry boats of the Tigris made the fortunes of the house of Saladin. The flying leader who owed his life to their timely succour was Zengy, the powerful lord of Mosil; and in later days, when triumph returned to his standards, he did not forget the debt he owed Tekrit, but, ever mindful of past services, carried itswarden onward and upward on the wave of his progress. This warden was Saladin's father. Ayyub (in English plain Job), surnamed after the fashion of the Saracens Nejm-ed-din, or " Star of the Faith," the fortunate commandant at this critical moment, although an oriental and a Mohammedan, belonged to the same great Aryan stock as ourselves, being neither Arab nor Turk, but a Kurd of the Rawadiya clan, born at their village of Ajda- nakan near Dawin in Armenia. From time immemorial the Kurds have led the same wild pastoral life in the mountain tracts between Persia and Asia Minor. In their clannishness, their love of thieving, their fine chivalrous sense of honour and hospitality, and their unquestioned courage, they resembled the Arabs of the " Days of Ignorance " before Islam, or theHighland Scots before the reforms of Marshal Wade. They have ever been a gallant and warlike...

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Saladin and the Fall of the Kingdom of Jerusalem 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
David Farmer More than 1 year ago
This old book is well written and the author admirably maintains a balanced and fair viewpoint. He covers the political background leading to the rise of Saladin well. This nook version is a pretty good transcription; there are few words or passages that have been rendered incomprehensible by the process and lack of human editing.
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