Saladins sentence example
- It is generally ~ believed that the successes gained in the time of the Pharaohs were due to foreign legions; and from Cambyses to Alexander, from the Ptolemies to Antony (Cleopatra), from Augustus to the 7th century, throughout the Arab period, and from Saladins dynasty down to the middle of the I3th century, the military power of Egypt was dependent on mercenaries.
- It was in 1183 that Saladins rule over Egypt and North Syria was consolidated.
- Much of Saladins time was spent in Syria, and his famous wars with the Franks belong to the history of the Crusades and to his personal biography.
- The division was not satisfactory to the heirs, and after three years (beginning_of 1196) the Egyptian sultan conspired with his uncle Malik al-Adil to deprive Saladins son al-Af~al of Damascus, which had fallen to his lot.