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  • Burst Water Pipe Reveals Century-Old Crusader Murals in Jerusalem

    05/14/2014 7:49:44 PM PDT · by windcliff · 15 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5-14-14 | Stephanie Pappas
    Wall murals portraying Crusader knights and symbols of medieval military orders have been rediscovered in a Jerusalem hospital thanks to a burst water pipe and a storeroom reorganization. These paintings were the works of a French count, Comte Marie Paul Amédée de Piellat, who believed himself to be a descendant of Crusaders. The count was a frequent visitor to Jerusalem and had the Saint-Louis Hospice built between 1879 and 1896, naming it after St. Louis IX, a king of France and leader of the Seventh Crusade between A.D. 1248 and 1254. . . . . . . .. . ....
  • Muslims Demand "Right of Return" to Spain

    02/22/2014 6:49:52 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 41 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | February 21, 2014 | Soeren Kern
    Muslims Demand "Right of Return" to Spain Muslim groups are demanding Spanish citizenship for potentially millions of descendants of Muslims who were expelled from Spain during the Middle Ages. The growing clamor for "historical justice" comes after the recent approval of a law that would grant Spanish citizenship to descendants of Sephardic Jews expelled from Spain in 1492. Muslim supporters say they are entitled to the same rights and privileges as Jews because both groups were expelled from Spain under similar historical circumstances. But historians point out that the Jewish presence in Spain predates the arrival of Christianity in the...
  • Reluctant Crusader: Chivalry where you’d least expect it(National Review reviews Kingdom of Heaven)

    05/06/2005 10:52:52 AM PDT · by Strategerist · 48 replies · 1,227+ views
    National Review Online ^ | May 6, 2005 | Steve Beard
    Deceit vs. valor, murder vs. mercy, courage vs. cowardice, faith vs. uncertainty. Throw in a horrendous case of leprosy, brutal sword fights, the cross of Christianity, and the crescent moon of Islam, and you have a glimpse into Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven — a 130-million-dollar epic about the Crusades. Set in 1184, between the second and third of eight crusades, the film focuses on a time of uneasy truce in Jerusalem when Christians, Muslims, and Jews were able to worship and pray at their holy sites. Not intending to be a documentary, Kingdom of Heaven is an elegant drama...
  • Crusade of Controversy (Boycott anti-Christian 'Kingdom of Heaven?)

    05/06/2005 8:41:56 PM PDT · by GulliverSwift · 80 replies · 1,668+ views
    Washington Times ^ | May 6, 2005 | Scott Galup
    All Ridley Scott wanted to do was make a movie about a medieval knight.... Months before that, Jonathan Riley-Smith, an ecclesiastical professor and Crusades expert at Cambridge University, had the opposite take. "It's Osama bin Laden's version of history," he told London's Daily Telegraph newspaper in January 2004. "It will fuel the Islamic fundamentalists..." While his goal was balance, Mr. Scott admits the movie has a point of view: Religious fanaticism leads to pointless slaughter.... Also, that Christians started it. "I think we did," Mr. Scott says, referring broadly to Western Christendom and echoing conventional 20th-century wisdom that the Crusades...
  • Historians reconsider the Crusades

    09/07/2005 3:51:52 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 47 replies · 653+ views
    The Confessing Reader ^ | 9/05/2005 | Confessing Reader
    I like nothing more than healthy doses of truth that debunk misconstruals hoary with age and falsehoods atavistically - and piously - mouthed.Fr Joseph Honeycutt recently posted an article by Thomas Madden, Chair of the Department of History at St Louis University, challenging long-held suppositions by taking a look at “The Real History of the Crusades“.You might also want to take a look at Professor Madden’s article in the June/July issue of First Things, “Crusaders and Historians“, in which he reviews three recent books which take a fresh look at these much-maligned wars of European Christians on the Muslim conquerors...
  • Opinion on the Crusades

    02/26/2008 3:41:15 AM PST · by Shirerwasright · 28 replies · 756+ views
    My Own Mind | 26 february 2008 | Shrierwasright
    OK, I am new on FreeRepublic, so if I am doing this wrong, I'll appreciate tolerance. I had the most interesting discussion with my son last evening. It seems in his Non Western Civ class his professor pointed out how Pope Urbana was the cause of all our problems with the radical islamic nutjobs. According to him if we had never attempted to drive the muslims back to their land for extention of power of the papalcy we would not have the problems we have. When I asked my son what he thought about this point, he said, "well, Dad...
  • The Real History of the Crusades

    04/07/2002 7:35:39 PM PDT · by traditionalist · 140 replies · 9,580+ views
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 4/1/2002 | Thomas Madden
    With the possible exception of Umberto Eco, medieval scholars are not used to getting much media attention. We tend to be a quiet lot (except during the annual bacchanalia we call the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, of all places), poring over musty chronicles and writing dull yet meticulous studies that few will read. Imagine, then, my surprise when within days of the September 11 attacks, the Middle Ages suddenly became relevant. As a Crusade historian, I found the tranquil solitude of the ivory tower shattered by journalists, editors, and talk-show hosts on tight deadlines eager to...
  • Crusade Propaganda: The abuse of Christianity’s holy wars.

    02/25/2002 8:13:51 AM PST · by quidnunc · 47 replies · 1,725+ views
    National Review ^ | November 2, 2001 | Thomas F. Madden
    Since September 11 the crusades are news. When President Bush used the term "crusade" as it is commonly used, to denote a grand enterprise with a moral dimension, the media pelted him for insensitivity to Muslims. (Nevermind that the media used the term in precisely the same way before the "gaff.") Attempting to capitalize on this indignation, the leader of the Taliban, Mullah Omar, crowed "President Bush has told the truth that this is a crusade against Islam." Yet clearly the crusades were much on the minds of our enemies long before Bush brought them to their attention. In a ...
  • The Real History of the Crusades

    05/29/2002 6:43:31 PM PDT · by RebelDawg · 54 replies · 4,099+ views
    crisismagazine ^ | April 1, 2002 | Thomas F. Madden
    The Real History of the CrusadesBy Thomas F. MaddenWith the possible exception of Umberto Eco, medieval scholars are not used to getting much media attention. We tend to be a quiet lot (except during the annual bacchanalia we call the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, of all places), poring over musty chronicles and writing dull yet meticulous studies that few will read. Imagine, then, my surprise when within days of the September 11 attacks, the Middle Ages suddenly became relevant.As a Crusade historian, I found the tranquil solitude of the ivory tower shattered by journalists, editors, and...
  • An Interview with Professor Thomas Madden: Dispelling Myths About the Crusades

    07/21/2006 10:27:16 PM PDT · by Coleus · 3 replies · 447+ views
    TFP ^ | 2006
    An Interview with Professor Thomas Madden: Dispelling Myths About the CrusadesThe TFP's Crusade Magazine recently did an interview with accomplished medieval historian Professor Thomas Madden of St. Louis University, to dispel some common myths concerning the Crusades.  The text of this interview is transcribed below.1. Some authors contend the Crusades were wars of aggression against a peaceful Muslim world. What is your position in this matter? It is difficult to see how anyone familiar with the sources could make such a claim.  The original goal of the First Crusade, as it was annunciated in the papal call as well as...
  • The Myth that Religion is the #1 Cause of War

    09/20/2013 5:18:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    CARM ^ | September 20, 2013 | Robin Schumacher
    Atheists and secular humanists consistently make the claim that religion is the #1 cause of violence and war throughout the history of mankind. One of hatetheism's key cheerleaders, Sam Harris, says in his book The End of Faith that faith and religion are “the most prolific source of violence in our history.”1While there’s no denying that campaigns such as the Crusades and the Thirty Years’ War foundationally rested on religious ideology, it is simply incorrect to assert that religion has been the primary cause of war. Moreover, although there’s also no disagreement that radical Islam was the spirit behind 9/11,...
  • Blaming the Crusades for Jihad

    09/23/2013 7:24:42 AM PDT · by SJackson · 16 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | September 23, 2013 | Ryan Mauro
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Blaming the Crusades for JihadPosted By Ryan Mauro On September 23, 2013 @ 12:25 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 9 Comments The cultural relativists on the Left and apologists for radical Islam like to blame the Crusades for almost everything. The Muslim extremists are only responding to the deeds of Christian extremists, the argument goes. In his new book, Sir Walter Scott’s Crusades and Other Fantasies, former Muslim Ibn Warraq takes on this misleading theme intended to blame the West for the Muslim world’s troubles.The claim that the Crusades are the starting point of...
  • The Real History of the Crusades

    08/16/2013 12:04:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 5/6/2005 | Thomas F. Madden
    With the possible exception of Umberto Eco, medieval scholars are not used to getting much media attention. We tend to be a quiet lot (except during the annual bacchanalia we call the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, of all places), poring over musty chronicles and writing dull yet meticulous studies that few will read. Imagine, then, my surprise when within days of the September 11 attacks, the Middle Ages suddenly became relevant. As a Crusade historian, I found the tranquil solitude of the ivory tower shattered by journalists, editors, and talk-show hosts on tight deadlines eager to...
  • The Crusades Reconsidered

    08/11/2013 6:48:56 AM PDT · by NCjim · 64 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 11, 2013 | Mike Konrad
    One of the idiocies passed off for decades among Western historians is bemoaning the Crusades as evil. The Islamic world -- the Ummah -- has disseminated this imaginary charge against the West, and like fools, we have absorbed Arab lies and taken the blame to heart. But the most superficial reading of Western history should put that canard to rest. Shortly before he died in June 632 AD, Mohammed ordered Muslims to prepare to wage war against the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire. Upon his death, Mohammed's successor, Abu Bakr, planned to fulfill those instructions. Plans were also made to conquer...
  • June 17, 1462: The Battle of the Blood Drinkers

    06/17/2013 9:34:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | June 17, 2013 | Sean Fitzpatrick
    Like flaming demons, Wallachians rushed out of the night and into the Turkish camp, striking terror in an army of terrorists. Leading the charge was a gore-spattered chieftain—hewing and hacking a path to the central tents where the Sultan huddled in fear. On he came, Vlad Dracul, raining down slaughter and raging for Mehmed’s blood.On June 17, 1462, outside Targoviste, Romania, the world was given a rare instance of how the good can be accomplished though the grotesque—for God can deploy His enemies as allies. Vlad Dracul III, Prince of Wallachia, can hardly be considered a warrior of faith; but...
  • Statement To Muslims? Pope Francis To Canonize 800 Martyrs Murdered By Ottoman Turks

    05/12/2013 6:07:40 AM PDT · by markomalley · 65 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 5/6/2013 | Palash Ghosh
    In a move that may annoy some in the Muslim world, Pope Francis plans to canonize 800 Italian laymen who were massacred by Ottoman Turkish soldiers during the historic siege in the southern Italian city of Otranto in 1480. The canonization service, the very first by the new pope, will be held on May 12 in St Peter’s Square, reported Britain’s Catholic Herald newspaper. The Daily Telegraph reported that this ceremony will set a new record for the highest number of saints canonized at any one time by the Church. During the week-long siege of Otranto more than five centuries...
  • Pope Francis: Regina caeli

    05/12/2013 6:16:51 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Radio Vaticana ^ | 5/12/2013
    Pope Francis on Sunday prayed the Regina coeli prayer with the tens of thousands of faithful who had gathered in Saint Peter’s Square for a Mass of Canonization for more than 800 saints. Before the Regina coeli, the Holy Father prayed especially for the countries of Italy, Colombia and Mexico, which had given so many new saints to the Church. Pope Francis also called to mind the beatification on Saturday of the Italian priest Father Luigi Novarese, who, he said, was “able to renew the pastoral care of the sick by making them active participants in the Church.” The Holy...
  • Otranto Martyrs: exceptional witness of fidelity to Christ

    05/12/2013 5:23:27 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | May 12, 2013
    (Vatican Radio) On Sunday 12 May, Pope Francis will preside at a Mass for the Canonization of Blessed Antonio Primaldo and Companions; Blessed Laura di Santa Caterina da Siena Montoya y Upegui, virgin and foundress of the Congregation of the Missionaries of Mary Immaculate and St Catherine of Siena; Blessed Maria Guadalupe Garcia Zavala, co-foundress of the Congregation of the Handmaids of St Margaret Mary (Alacoque) and the Poor. The announcement of the canonization was made at a consistory on 11 February – a consistory made historic by Benedict XVI’s announcement that he would resign the papacy. Among those being...
  • Pope Francis celebrates Mass, proclaims new saints (full text)

    05/12/2013 5:08:58 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | May 12, 2013
    Pope Francis canonized over 800 new saints on Sunday, during Mass in St Peter's Square: Antonio Primaldo and his companions, martyrs of Otranto in Italy; Laura di Santa Caterina da Siena Montoya y Upegui, virgin and foundress; and Maria Guadalupe García Zavala, co-foundress. Below is a Vatican Radio translation of his homily which he delivered partly in Italian and partly in Spanish. ******************************** Dear brothers and sisters!In this seventh Sunday of Easter we are gathered to celebrate with joy a feast of holiness. Thanks be to God who has made His glory – the glory of Love – to shine...
  • Martyred for Christ: 800 Victims of Islamic Violence will Become Saints this Month

    05/12/2013 4:46:13 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 24 replies
    The 800 men of Otranto – whose names are lost, except for that of Antonio Primaldo, an old tailor – were rounded up and killed because they refused to convert to Islam. In 2007, Pope Benedict recognised them as martyrs “killed out of hatred for the faith”. That is no exaggeration. Earlier, the Archbishop of Otranto had been cut to pieces with a scimitar. Some accounts of the martyrdoms will raise a sceptical eyebrow: Primaldo reportedly remained standing after he was decapitated, a Pythonesque miracle that stretches credulity. But the murders really happened, and their significance is immense. The Turks...
  • A look at new saints canonized by Pope Francis (martyrs of Otranto)

    05/12/2013 3:42:45 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    AP ^ | 5/12/2013
    (snip) ANTONIO PEZZULLA AND 812 FELLOW MARTYRS In 1480, some 20,000 Turkish troops overran the citadel of Otranto in what is now the southeastern Puglia region of Italy, in the "heel" of the boot-shaped peninsula. The invaders demanded that the locals, including many who took refuge in the city's cathedral, convert to Islam. The Turks took 813 men from among those refusing to convert.. Pezzulla, also known as Primaldo, was the group's leader, and the first among the martyrs to be beheaded. They are referred to as `'The martyrs of Otranto."
  • Pope Francis Set to Canonize 800 Christians Slaughtered By Muslims in Otranto

    05/02/2013 7:55:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | May 2, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    The Otranto Cathedral was consecrated in 1088. In August 1480, clergy and survivors of the Ottoman siege of Otranto took refuge in the cathedral – the Ottoman force eventually broke in and killed those inside, turning the church into a stable or a mosque and destroying its 13th century frescoes. After Otranto was retaken in 1481 by a force under Alfonso V of Aragon it was turned back into a church and heavily rebuilt to house the relics of the Martyrs of Otranto, who had been executed after the 1480 siege. Behind the chapel’s altar is the ‘stone of martyrdom’,...
  • Pope Francis to Canonise 800 Italians Slain During Historic Siege [by Muslims]

    04/30/2013 3:02:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/30/13 | Carol Glatz
    Pope Francis is preparing to canonise an estimated 800 Italian laymen killed by Ottoman soldiers in the 15th century. The canonisation service will be on May 12 in St Peter’s Square and it will be the first carried out by the Pontiff since he was elected in early March. The killing of the martyrs by Ottoman troops, who launched a weeks-long siege of Otranto, a small port town at the most eastern tip of southern Italy, took place in 1480. When Otranto residents refused to surrender to the Ottoman army, the soldiers were ordered to massacre all males over the...
  • Pope Francis to visit Rome's basilicas before Pentecost (canonize artist who refused Islam)

    04/03/2013 1:53:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    cna ^ | April 3, 2013 | Estefania Aguirre
    ope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass on March 24, 2013 in St. Peter's Square. Credit: Sabrina Fusco/CNA. Vatican City, Apr 3, 2013 / 10:45 am (CNA).- Pope Francis will be praying or celebrating Mass at all four of Rome’s major basilicas between now and Pentecost, as well as holding four public Masses in St. Peter’s Square. The Holy See’s press office released on April 3 the places and times the pontiff will be presiding over the seven public Masses that will be held between now and May 19. After he was elected Pope in 2005, Benedict XVI ordained priests...
  • As he abdicated,Pope announced canonisation of 800 martyrs slaughtered by Muslim troops

    02/27/2013 1:28:39 PM PST · by Gillibrand · 35 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 27/2/2013 | Chris Gillibrand
    On Monday, 11 February in Rome the canonization was announced of 800 Christians took place who suffered martyrdom in the 15th Century in Otranto. The elevation to the altars is to be made in the context of an ordinary consistory of the College of Cardinals which was convened by Pope Benedict XVI. The canonization concerned Antonio Primaldo and his 800 companions. The Christian inhabitants of the town of Otranto in Apulia, in southern Italy were victims of a bloodbath by Ottoman troops during a raid on 29 July 1480. They killed more than 800 fishermen, craftsmen, farmers, merchants, peasants simply...
  • Pope will announce on Monday date for canonization for over 800 saints

    02/09/2013 1:44:37 PM PST · by NYer · 75 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | February 9, 2013
    February 9, 2013. (Romereports.com) Benedict XVI will announce on Monday the date for the canonization of over 800 new saints for the Catholic Church, during a consistory with cardinals. Among the soon to be saints are Mother Laura, the first Colombian saint, and Mother Lupita, the second female Mexican saint.    Mother Lupita co-founded the religious congregation of the Handmaids of Saint Margaret Mary and of the Poor in Jalisco, Mexico. Mother Laura Montoya founded the Missionaries of St. Mary Immaculate and St. Catherine of Siena to help local indigenous people.  The rest of the large group are the 813...
  • Martyrs of Otranto

    11/02/2007 6:14:01 AM PDT · by Publius64 · 1 replies · 119+ views
    The Forum ^ | November 2, 2007 | James Maldonado Berry
    "I give thanks to Muhammad who has given us this splendid victory; but I pray that he will permit me to live long enough to capture and subjugate Old Rome as I have New Rome." - Sultan Mehmet II after conquering Constantinople
  • Pope Urban II and the First Crusade

    05/04/2013 11:56:37 AM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 18 replies
    Italy Travels Guide ^ | 10 April 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    Urban II, the 159th Pope of the Catholic Church, was one of the great Popes in history, and was beatified in 1881 by Pope Leo XIII. The most famous son of Châtillon-sur-Marne, in Champagne, France, he was Pope from 1088 until his death in 1099.We have to thank Pope Blessed Urban II for many things, including the internal reforms he made and his declarations against simony, the Medieval practice of selling church offices; but especially we have to be grateful to him for having saved Europe from subjugation to Islamic forces.Since the time of Islam's prophet Muhammad and after...
  • Will Muslims Outnumber Christians in the Year 2050?

    04/30/2013 11:41:30 AM PDT · by pinochet · 45 replies
    Before we talk about comparative birth rates in Muslim and Christian nations, we have to talk about a weakness that 21st Century Christianity faces in its competition with Islam. A Martyr in the Christian religion is one who dies for his faith. A Martyr in the Muslim religion is not just one who dies for his faith, but one who kills for his faith. How is Christianity going to compete with people who are not just willing to die for their religion, but to kill for their religion? Birth rates among almost all Western Christian nations are below replacement, and...
  • Guilt by Association - Liberal Secularists are Bloodthirsty Monsters!

    03/26/2013 4:32:16 PM PDT · by DeprogramLiberalism · 41 replies
    Deprogramming Liberalism ^ | 2012 | Jim Autio
    [(DIRECT LINK to original entry) This post is the intro to a compendium essay on liberal hate, demagoguery and violence in America. It is written to liberals in the first person, but is illuminating for conservatives as well.] Using guilt by historic association is a popular demagogic tool of contemporary liberals to demonize conservative opponents. As an example let’s examine the animus contemporary liberals have towards Christianity. Yes, of course, many liberals claim to be Christians, but they seem to have a hard time standing up for Christianity when it is demagogued by secular liberals. They often seem to be ashamed...
  • Flour Bluff Parent Upset Over Lesson on Terrorism & Government (CSCOPE Social Studies Curriculum)

    03/21/2013 9:04:13 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 32 replies
    kztv10.com (CBS Affiliate, Corpus Christi, Texas) ^ | Mar 20, 2013 6:50 PM (CDT) | Janine Reyes
    CORPUS CHRISTI -- Many parents check their children's school work to make sure they're getting good grades, but how often to you check the content of those lessons? One mother of a child in Flour Bluff ISD says when she did, she was shocked that lesson taught her son to blame the United States for the 9/11 attacks. Kara Sands posted the test on her facebook page and it began to spread like wildfire. The test covers content watched on a video in class. What bothered her most is question #3 on the test. It asks why the U.S. may...
  • We Might be Muslim Today if....

    03/10/2013 12:10:08 AM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 8, 2013 | Selwyn Duke
    The year is 632 A.D., and Muslim hordes have set their sights on the Mideast and North Africa -- the old Christian world. And the Caliphate, as the Islamic realm is called, will not be denied. Syria and Iraq fall in 636. Palestine is next in 638. And Byzantine Egypt and North Africa, not even Arab lands, are conquered by 642 and 709, respectively. Then, just two years later, the Muslims cross the Strait of Gibraltar and enter Iberia (now Spain and Portugal). The invasion of Europe has begun. And the new continent seems no impediment to Islam. After vanquishing...
  • Crusade Propaganda: The abuse of Christianity's Holy Wars

    11/02/2001 4:48:53 AM PST · by Darth Reagan · 62 replies · 2,523+ views
    National Review Online ^ | November 2, 2001 | Thomas F. Madden
    Crusade Propaganda The abuse of Christianity’s holy wars. By Thomas F. Madden, the author of A Concise History of the Crusades and coauthor of The Fourth Crusade, is associate professor and chair of the Department of History at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. November 2, 2001 8:00 a.m. ince September 11 the crusades are news. When President Bush used the term "crusade" as it is commonly used, to denote a grand enterprise with a moral dimension, the media pelted him for insensitivity to Muslims. (Nevermind that the media used the term in precisely the same way before the ...
  • Why is King John the classic villain?

    03/01/2011 5:10:48 AM PST · by decimon · 35 replies
    BBC ^ | March 1, 2011 | Unknown
    A new film about King John further underlines history's judgement of the medieval English monarch as a cruel tyrant. But among the dozens of bad kings and despots, why is John always the pantomime villain?Surrendering lands in France, forced into a humiliating climbdown with the nobility and ex-communicated by the Church. Not to mention being blamed for the murder of his nephew. > "He was a very considerable failure as a king. He loses a large amount of possessions inherited, in particular lands in France, like Normandy and Anjou. He manages to surrender his realm to the pope and ends...
  • Hoard of gold coins found at Israel Crusades site

    07/11/2012 2:33:03 PM PDT · by shove_it · 18 replies
    Yahoo/Reuters ^ | 11 Jul 2012
    HERZLIYA, Israel (Reuters) - A 1,000-year-old hoard of gold coins has been unearthed at a famous Crusader battleground where Christian and Muslim forces once fought for control of the Holy Land, Israeli archaeologists said on Wednesday. [Related: Ancient road discovered in Greece] The treasure was dug up from the ruins of a castle in Arsuf, a strategic stronghold during the religious conflict waged in the 12th and 13th centuries. The 108 coins - one of the biggest collections of ancient coins discovered in Israel - were found hidden in a ceramic jug beneath a tile floor at the cliff-top...
  • Hoard of Gold Coins Found at Israel Crusades Site

    07/12/2012 6:41:20 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/11/12
    (Reuters) - A 1,000-year-old hoard of gold coins has been unearthed at a famous Crusader battleground where Christian and Muslim forces once fought for control of the Holy Land, Israeli archaeologists said on Wednesday. The treasure was dug up from the ruins of a castle in Arsuf, a strategic stronghold during the religious conflict waged in the 12th and 13th centuries. The 108 coins - one of the biggest collections of ancient coins discovered in Israel - were found hidden in a ceramic jug beneath a tile floor at the cliff-top coastal ruins, 15 km (9 miles) from Tel Aviv....
  • Video: Bill Warner "Islam and the Golden Rule"

    11/28/2012 10:31:16 AM PST · by bayouranger · 5 replies
    europenews ^ | 28NOV12 | Sun News
    Dr. Bill Warner appeared tonight on Michael Coren’s program to talk about what he means by "political Islam”, and why Islam is fundamentally and irreconcilably different from all other religions: Vid - 8:42
  • Researchers find clues to the Baltic Crusades in animal bones, horses and the extinct aurochs

    12/13/2012 5:10:48 PM PST · by Renfield · 12 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | 12-11-2012 | Melissa Pandika
    A multidisciplinary project seeks to understand the Eastern Baltic Crusades through the lens of ecology. Horses, for example, aided the Christians in battle, while the castles the Crusaders built decimated forests. Stanford researchers have discovered that pagan villages plundered by medieval knights during the little-known Baltic Crusades had some problems in common with the modern-day global village. Among them: deforestation, asymmetric warfare and species extinction. According to a research paper published in Science, a project investigating the Baltic Crusades' profound environmental legacy could yield valuable insight into colonialism, cultural changes and ecological exploitation – relevant issues not only throughout history,...
  • This day in 1095 (Catholic Caucus)

    11/27/2012 2:49:57 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | November 27, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    On this day in 1095 Pope Urban II made a speech.The setting was the Council of Clermont in France.Urban, indeed all of Europe, was alarmed at the aggression of the Turks in the East, who had taken the Holy Land and were invading the Eastern Roman Empire. Urban therefore addressed the Council asking them to help their Christian brethren in the East. As Robert the Monk recorded, Urban put it, apparently, this way: “Deus vult!… God wills it!”Thus began the First Crusade.In another version of Urban’s history-shaping speech recorded by one Fulcher of Chartres, Urban also addressed corruption in the...
  • Heavenly Egyptian Charm Found in Israeli City

    09/16/2012 7:49:43 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    LiveScience ^ | Monday, September 10, 2012 | Staff
    A rare scarab amulet newly unearthed in Tel Aviv reveals the ancient Egyptian presence in this modern Israeli city. Archaeologists excavating the ancient city of Jaffa, now part of Tel Aviv, have long uncovered evidence of Egyptian influence. Now, researchers have learned that a gateway belonging to an Egyptian fortification in Jaffa was destroyed and rebuilt at least four times. They have also found the scarab, which bears the cartouche of the Egyptian Pharaoh Amenhotep III... Scarabs were common charms in ancient Egypt, representing the journey of the sun across the sky and the cycle of life. Jaffa was the...
  • British schools drop Holocaust from history lessons so as not to offend Muslims

    08/18/2012 12:40:31 PM PDT · by george76 · 84 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 17, 2012 | Howard Portnoy
    A new report by Britain’s Department for Education and Skills notes that an increasing number of schools are dropping the teaching of the Holocaust from history lessons to avoid offending Muslim students. The report, titled Teaching Emotive and Controversial History, also observes that many teachers are reluctant to discuss the Crusades because the lessons frequently contradict what is taught in local mosques... 30 non-Muslim children at an elementary school in Scotland were required to visit a mosque in Glasgow, where they were instructed to recite the shahada, the Islam declaration of faith, which states, “There is no god but Allah...
  • Gold coins from the Crusades found in Israel

    07/17/2012 5:13:53 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    cna ^ | July 16, 2012
    Tel Aviv, Israel, Jul 16, 2012 / 04:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Israeli archeologists have found more than one hundred gold coins from the time of the Crusades, when conflict arose between Muslims and Christians over control of the Holy Land. “It is an unusual find. We don’t have much gold from the time of the Crusades,” said Oren Tal, a professor at the University of Tel Aviv who led the investigation. The treasure was found in the ruins of a castle in Arsuf, a strategic bastion during the Crusades of the 12th and 13th centuries. The 108 coins –...
  • The Crusaders' last stand: Pot of gold worth Ł300,000 found in fortress

    07/11/2012 6:56:15 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 7-11-12 | Rob Waugh
    A pot of gold from the Crusades worth up to $500,000 has been found buried in an ancient Roman fortress in Israel. The coins were buried by Christian soldiers of the order of the Knights Hospitalier as the Crusaders faced an unstoppable attack by a huge Muslim army. The knights were annihilated in April 1265. The coins - worth a fortune even in 1265 when they were thought to have been buried - were deliberately hidden inside a broken jug to prevent them being discovered. The fortress was destroyed in April 1265 by forces of Mamluks who overwhelmed the Crusaders...
  • The First Crusade, the true story

    02/27/2012 12:07:26 AM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 38 replies · 2+ views
    ekathimerini.com ^ | By Peter Frankopan
    Why was there a sudden need to recover the city where Jesus Christ lived and was crucified? The answer, writes Peter Frankopan, lies in the imperial capital of Constantinople. On November 27, 1095, Pope Urban II stood up at the Council of Clermont in central France to make an important announcement. Persians (by whom he meant the Turks), “a people rejected by God,” had risen up against the Christians in the East, he said. It was imperative for the knighthood of Europe to rush to defend their brethren. Take up arms, he urged, and defend the faithful who were suffering...
  • OWS: The Children's Crusade Redux

    01/17/2012 9:52:57 AM PST · by varialectio · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 15 January 2012 | Jeff Lipkes
    This year marks the 800th anniversary of the Children's Crusade. The celebration began early. There are some intriguing parallels, and contrasts, with OWS as it sputters into the new year. In the spring and summer of 1212, crowds of young people gathered around two charismatic boys: a shepherd from near Chartres called Stephen and a twelve-year-old from Cologne, Nicholas. Stephen claimed that he had received a letter from Jesus, delivered in person, and Nicholas reported a conversation with an angel. The boys had been told to lead a Crusade to the Holy Land. (snip) Tea-Partiers want to protect children; Occupiers...
  • The populist site Wikipidia and their version of racial superiority

    10/26/2011 4:05:34 PM PDT · by Steve Van Doorn · 20 replies
    wikipedia | Octorber 26 2011 | me
    Once in a while I go to Wikipidea in order too at last try and remove some of the socialist drivel from there site. It is a futile effort I know but sometimes I come across pages or sentences Stalin and Hitler would be proud. Today I ran into this page on racial superiority. I will let you decide here are some of the better lines I found: Supremacism or racial superiority I will start with this one:“President George W. Bush’s support for fundamentalist Christianity has been linked to his having a “Christian supremacist vision” in his policies in the...
  • The roots of anti-Muslim bigotry (Boston Globe)

    04/04/2011 8:57:53 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 128 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | April 4, 2011 | James Carroll
    ... [P]ervasive negative attitudes toward Islam go far deeper into the American psyche even than these manifestations suggest, for contempt toward the religion of Mohammed is a foundational pillar of Western civilization. That it is unacknowledged only makes it more pernicious. European Christian imagination jelled — as European, as Christian, and as imagination — around the mythic 732 triumph of Charles Martel over “infidel’’ Muslim forces in a battle near Poitiers, France. That may seem like an eternity ago and a world away, but still-powerful attitudes that show up in suspicions of widespread Muslim “radicalization’’ were generated then. In epoch-shaping...
  • Four Myths about the Crusades

    04/02/2011 1:57:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 70 replies
    First Principles ^ | April 1, 2011 | Paul F. Crawford
    In 2001, former president Bill Clinton delivered a speech at Georgetown University in which he discussed the West’s response to the recent terrorist attacks of September 11. The speech contained a short but significant reference to the crusades. Mr. Clinton observed that “when the Christian soldiers took Jerusalem [in 1099], they . . . proceeded to kill every woman and child who was Muslim on the Temple Mount.” He cited the “contemporaneous descriptions of the event” as describing “soldiers walking on the Temple Mount . . . with blood running up to their knees.” This story, Mr. Clinton said...
  • The Truth about Islamic Crusades and Imperialism

    03/25/2011 7:01:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/25/2011 | James Arlandson
    Historical facts say that Islam has been imperialistic—and would still like to be, if only for religious reasons. Many Muslim clerics, scholars, and activists, for example, would like to impose Islamic law  around the world. Historical facts say that Islam, including Muhammad, launched their own Crusades against Christianity long before the European Crusades.Today, Muslim polemicists and missionaries, who believe that Islam is the best religion in the world, claim that the West has stolen Islamic lands and that the West (alone) is imperialistic.One hardline Muslim emailer to me said about the developed West and the undeveloped  Islamic countries: 'You...
  • The Real History of the Crusades

    03/19/2011 1:49:32 PM PDT · by NYer · 34 replies
    Inside Catholic ^ | March 19, 2011 | Thomas F. Madden
    Many historians had been trying for some time to set the record straight on the Crusades -- misconceptions are all too common. These historians are not revisionists, but mainstream scholars offering the fruit of several decades of very careful, very serious scholarship. For them, current interest is a "teaching moment," an opportunity to explain the Crusades while people are actually listening. It won't last long, so here goes. With the possible exception of Umberto Eco, medieval scholars are not used to getting much media attention. We tend to be a quiet lot (except during the annual bacchanalia we call...