Salah ad-Din, or Saladin as he is known to the Franks, was a Kurd,
the son of a despised people, and yet he became Sultan of Egypt and
Syria. He united the peoples of Allah, recaptured Jerusalem, and
drove the Crusaders to the very edge of the sea. He battled, and in
the end tamed King Richard the Lionheart, who well deserved his
savage name. He was a great man, the greatest man that I ever knew,
but when I first met him, he was only a skinny child...-... more...