Ximenes





At the siege of Oran, in Africa, Cardinal Ximenes led the Spanish
troops to the breach, mounted on a charger, dressed in his pontifical

robes, and preceded by a monk on horseback, who bore his archiepiscopal

cross. "Go on, go on, my children," exclaimed he to the soldiers, "I am at

your head. A priest should think it an honour to expose his life for his

religion. I have an example in my predecessors, in the archbishopric of

Toledo. Go on to victory." When his victorious troops took possession of

the town, he burst into tears on seeing the number of the dead that were

lying on the ground; and was heard to say to himself, "They were indeed

infidels, but they might have become Christians. By their death, they have

deprived us of the principal advantage of the victory we have gained over

them."





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