By Steven Runciman
Sir Steven Runciman's 3 quantity A historical past of the Crusades, one of many nice classics of English ancient writing, is now being reissued. during this ultimate quantity, Runciman examines the revival of the Frankish country on the time of the 3rd campaign till its cave in a century later. The interwoven topics of the publication contain: Christiandom, the alternative of the aesthetic Ayubites by means of the fewer sympathetic Mameluks as chief of the Moslem global, and the arriving of the Mongols. He contains a bankruptcy on structure and the humanities, and an epilogue at the final manifestations of the Crusading spirit.
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The English followed him there, some of the army going by land and the rest by sea. The Emperor made no attempt to defend Famagusta but retired to Nicosia. While Richard rested at Famagusta, envoys reached him from Philip and the Palestinian lords, urging him to hurry to Palestine. But he replied angrily that he would not move until he had taken Cyprus, whose importance to them all he emphasized. One of Philip's envoys, Pagan of Haifa, was then supposed to have gone to Isaac, to give him further warning.
The knights on either side began to know and to respect each other. A fight would be interrupted while the protagonists enjoyed a friendly conversation. Enemy soldiers would be invited to come to the feasts and entertainments arranged in either camp. One day the little boys living in the Saracen camp challenged the Christian boys to a gay mock-combat. Saladin himself was distinguished by the kindness that he showed to Christian prisoners and the courteous messages and gifts that he would send to the Christian princes.
In a few hours the English had captured Messina and had pillaged every quarter except for the streets by the palace where King Philip was lodged. Margaritus and the other notables barely had time to escape with their families. Their houses were seized by Richard. The Sicilian fleet anchored in the harbour was burnt. By afternoon the standard of the Plantagenets floated over the town. Richard's truculence did not end there. Though he agreed to let King Philip's standard float next to his own, he forced the citizens to give him hostages against their King's good behaviour, and announced that he was ready to take the whole province.