The History of the Assassins Derived from Oriental Sources

Joseph Von Hammer-Purgstall

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1835 edition. Excerpt: ... BOOK VII. Conquest of Bagdad--Fall of the Assassins--Remnant of them. In the fall of Alamut, the centre of the Assassins was gone the props of their authority were broken, in the loss of the castles of Rudbar and Kuhistan. Still, the grandprior of Syria refused submission to the grand-masters orders to surrender, --the armies of the Mongols being, as yet, too distant to compel his obedience. A far greater object occupied the mind of Hulaku, than the destruction of a few Syrian mountain forts, in which the order, after the fall of Alamut, and the annihilation of the Ismailites in Persia, might yet, though with difficulty, raise its head. He entertained no less a project than the conquest of Bagdad, and the overthrow of the khalifs throne, on which the Arabs had, - in the prophets name, already, for six centuries and a half, ruled over the world of Islam. This great event is, not only by its immediate consequences, but also from its proximate cause, inseparably connected with the destruction of the Assassins. In the second year after the fall of Alamut, and, consequently, before the conquest of Kirdkuh the last fortress of the Assassins, which only surrendered in the third year of the siege, Bagdad, the queen of the cities of the Tigris, fell. The overthrow of the khalifat, as we have seen, in the instructions given, by Mangu to his brother Hulaku, did not enter immediately into the plan of the khan, who merely claimed Q submission and troops, but Nassireddin, the great savant and traitor, who had delivered the capital of the Assassins into the conquerors hands, and had paved a road to his own revenge, over its ruins, laboured unceasingly to urge Hulaku to the destruction of the khalifat. Besides the close connexion of this event with.