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1840 Excerpt: ... one hand and their large shields in the other.
The black slaves, clothed in white, with battle-axes on their
shoulders, formed two other lines. The outer court was full of the
Andalusian and African guards, magnificently clothed and armed, and
the white slaves with their swords in their hands. The whole then
took the oath of fidelity, beginning with the princes of the royal
house. In the year 963 Alhakem made his algehib or holy war, and
advanced into the kingdom of Leon as far as Zamora, which he took.
On this occasion he republished the rules which the military were
too apt to forget, for such as should engage in war. "All enemies
are to be offered their choice of embracing the faith of Mahomet or
paying tribute. Unless the enemy be double the number, it is
infamous to fly. In entering an enemy's land, the lives of women,
children, and solitary hermits are to be respected. If an assurance
of safety has once been given, it shall be religiously kept; and
the protection granted by one chief shall be respected by all. All
booty, after the royal fifth is set apart, shall be divided on the
field of battle, or in the camp. The officers shall observe the
strictest impartiality in sharing prizes, whatever be the religion
of the soldier; and extra services to be in like manner equally
rewarded. No man, who has father and mother living, shall go to
battle without the permission of both." Very shortly after
Alhakem's expedition to Zamora, he received ambassadors from Leon,
offering peace; and as he was fond of tranquillity, he readily came
to terms with them, and entertained them for some time
magnificently in Cordova: on their return he sent a nobleman of his
council with them, to bear his letters to the king of Leon, with a
present consisting of two beau...
|Country of origin:
Lady Maria Callcott
||246 x 189 x 6mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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