Note 017
From The Invasion of Persia, part of Chapter 51 of the Decline & Fall

Fecit et Chaled plurima in hoc anno praelia, in quibus vicerunt Muslimi, et infidelium immensâ multitudine occisâ spolia infinita et innumera sunt nacti (Hist. Saracenica, p. 20).

The Christian annalist slides into the national and compendious term of infidels, and I often adopt (I hope without scandal) this characteristic mode of expression.

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