Monthly Archives: January 2013

THE CRUSADES, PART THREE: CRUSADERS GONE WILD!

In 1204 a singular event occurred which shook the Western World: Constantinople, capital of the Eastern Roman (“Byzantine”) Empire,  long the bastion of Eastern Christendom and bulwark against Islamic expansion, was captured and sacked. Not by its Muslim enemies; but … Continue reading

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THE CRUSADES, PART TWO: THE THIRD CRUSADE

(For Part One, go here) THE HORNS OF HATTIN  Salah ad-Din Yusuf ibn Ayyub, known in the West as Saladin, was the most celebrated Islamic ruler and military leader of the Middle Ages. Though a Kurd, he was a client … Continue reading

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HISTORY BITES: SON OF A GUN!

Though seldom used today, a centuries-old exclamation in our language is, “Son of a gun!” This term is used in a variety of ways reflecting very different emotions; from admiration and excitement, to mild annoyance, to a euphemism for the more offensive … Continue reading

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