CHARLES J. ROSEBAULT.
Saladin. Prince of Chivalry
THE BATTLE OF HATTIN
EVER before was any triumph of Saladin so complete, or so fruitful of consequences, as that
achieved on the field of Hattin, and never was victory
more certainly the result of superior planning and
generalship. He had prepared long and carefully, had
been quick to take advantage of the mistakes of the
enemy and had chosen his own time and place to
make the fight. Sanguine of victory from the begin
ning, his judgment was vindicated from start to finish.
Arab and Christian chroniclers are at one in de
scribing the events of the day, but the latter are more
explicit in telling what led up to it. Raymond of
Tripoli was a pivotal figure, both in his friendly atti
tude towards the Sultan and in the animosity he had
provoked in Gerard de Ridefort, Grand Master of the
Templars. It was more to spite Raymond, apparently,
than because he admired Guy de Lusignan that
Gerard had conspired to make the latter King of
Jerusalem. His bitter enmity had not been appeased
with this triumph, even though the evil consequences
to the Christian cause in alienating so powerful and
able a soldier and statesman were apparent enough.