It is the 820th anniversary of the Third Crusade – a landmark that had passed me by, I will confess. But this blogger has duly noted the anniversary and his novel sounds like fun.
(This post is the 59th of what will be approximately 70 posts following 820th anniversary highlights of what history now calls the “Third Crusade.” My novel, The Swords of Faith, tells the story of this legendary clash between Richard the Lionheart and Saladin.)
Reports came in from Saladin’s advance guards and spies. On July 3rd, Richard’s forces appeared to have marched out of their camps, but then returned. On July 4th, they unambiguously broke camp. But which way were they going? By July 5th, 820 years ago today, the information was unambiguous. Just like six months before, Richard the Lionheart had decided to leave without making a move to besiege Jerusalem. There was brief concern as to whether Richard would advance immediately on Egypt. But no naval activity to support such a move was reported. Richard appeared to be on his way to Jaffa, then up the coast…
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