Saladin, the Kurdish founder of the Ayyubid Dynasty, conquered Jerusalem in 1187 and repelled the Crusaders. Though England s Richard I later defeated him, Saladin s legend has become enshrined in European as well as Middle Eastern lore.
Sir Hamilton Gibb produced this short biographical account by drawing from two chronicles written by well-placed contemporaries of the fabled leader. Meticulously annotated, Gibb s classic is an essential reference for historians as well as an excellent introduction to a fascinating historical figure."
Life of Saladin