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chief Barbacan, set at naught all rules of war

and peace. The Hospitallers had not yet succeeded in restoring the walls of Jerusalem,

and the invaders immediately directed their

march against that city. Unprepared for defense, the Knights abandoned Zion to her fate.

In the year 1242 the Corasmins appeared

before the ruined ramparts and entered

without resistance. Then followed a scene

of butchery hardly equaled by the massacre

of the Moslems by the army of Godfrey. In

this instance Christian and Mohammedan

were treated with no discrimination. Nor did

the savages desist from their work with the

destruction of human life. The churches

were robbed and desecrated; the tombs,

broken open and rifled; the sacred places,

profaned. Jerusalem, already desolate, was

converted into a waste.

No other such desperate barbarians had

been seen in Palestine since the dawn of history. In order to stay their course, the

Knights of Syria and the Moslems joined their

forces; but the Emir of Egypt made common

cause with the Corasmins. Even a casual

glance at the composition of the two confederate armies could not fail to show the complete and utter demoralization of the conflict

between the Christ and the Prophet. The

original antipathies of Christian and Moslem

had given place to other conditions of hostility in which the old-time antagonism of

Cross and Crescent were forgotten.

The confederate army of Knights and Syrian Moslems was presently induced by the patriarch of Jerusalem and other zealots to risk

a battle with the combined forces of Corasmins and Egyptians. Never was there a more