Tag Archives: Jerusalem

1016 and all that

The start of a new year seems a good time to take a really long, backward look at history. I’m going to do this in one thousand year leaps. So today, here are a few things which happened in the … Continue reading

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The End of Crusader Jerusalem #SampleSunday #HistNov

MOST DANGEROUS MEN  Jerusalem  Days later Saladin watched as Jerusalem emptied of its people.  They walked past his tent in two columns.  Those who were rich enough to raise the money to buy their lives hurried past, sliding their eyes … Continue reading

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Buying Yourself and Your Children. #SampleSunday #HistNov

Saladin had given the people of Jerusalem a few days to raise the money to buy their freedom but time is running out. Some, like the pilgrims John and Simon Ferrier, have sufficient money. But the recently knighted inn-keeper, Bernard … Continue reading

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Saladin’s Terms #SampleSunday #HistNov

When he conquered the city of Jerusalem Saladin did not allow his armies to loot and slaughter as the Crusaders had done when they had taken the city a century before. Instead he gave surprisingly lenient terms. But not every … Continue reading

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An extract from my novel Outcasts. #SampleSunday #HistNov

This is an extract from my novel Outcasts. It tells what happens to the ordinary men who were knighted by Balian of Ibelin to help defend the city of Jerusalem against Saladin and his armies. Ordinary men who were raised … Continue reading

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Inspiration

Archimedes had his Eureka moment in a bath and Sir Isaac Newton when musing in an orchard. Albert Einstein had his when sitting in a railway carriage. He saw another train leave and wondered which was actually moving. How often … Continue reading

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The End of Days. #SampleSunday #HistNov

This is a sample from my novel ‘Outcasts.’ The western walls of Jerusalem were most open to attack and they were thick beyond compare.  The Saracens had found to their cost that they would take any amount of battering. After … Continue reading

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