The Opprobrium of Their Origin

This is the tribe which took its origin and had its name from Ishmael, the son of Abraham; and the ancients called them Ishmaelites after their progenitor. As their mother Hagar was a slave, they afterwards, to conceal the opprobrium of their origin, assumed the name of Saracens, as if they were descended from Sara, the wife of Abraham. Such being their origin, they practice circumcision like the Jews, refrain […]

Cry Mea Culpa, and Lowly Kneel

  Archbishop Turpin, above the rest, Spurred his steed to a jutting crest. His sermon thus to the Franks he spake:— “Lords, we are here for our monarch’s sake; Hold we for him, though our death should come; Fight for the succour of Christendom. The battle approaches — ye know it well, For ye see […]