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Though they suffered many vexations, the Christians continued to enjoy freedom of worship, and this tolerant attitude of the ameers seduced not a few Christians from their original allegiance.
At the same time, the Ajoubite dynasty founded by Saladin was overthrown by the Mameluke militia, whose ameers took possession of Egypt.
He remained in Palestine until 1254; bargained with the Egyptian ameers for the deliverance of prisoners; improved the equipment of the strongholds of the kingdom,
Archipelago, but the new leader of the crusade was utterly disqualified for the work assigned him; unable to withstand the piracy of the Turkish ameers, the Christians concluded a truce with them in 1348.
Some were imprisoned on the flimsiest pretexts, all had to appear before the monarch in the most abject manner, and many were constrained to bribe the favourite wives of the ameers to secure their requests.
By declaring again the Colonies, and depriving them of fiflieries, the filhermen were driven into the edfate fervice of rebellion; they would man ameers, and accelerate the levies of troops they. making; and being robuft and, hardy men, v&iild "prove the bed recruits that could be found. ftus it was clear that this bill, in whatever light it was viewed, was highly difreputable and per - nicious.