Etchings by Gustave Doré

Engravings Gustave Doré

Saladin!
Saladin!
Yusuf, the son of Ayyub, was born at Tikrit on the Tigris of Kurdish origin, originally from Dvin, the ancient Armenia4. Soon after his birth, his family left Tikrit and went to the court of Zengi5, atabeg of Mosul. The latter named Ayyub governor of Baalbek and Shirkuh (uncle of Saladin) officer in his army6.
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