Crusades

In LONDON's 'The Saint', Alderman Bull is able to buy back his Saxon family's old estate from a knight who - not untypically - has been ruined by taking part in the Second Crusade. The best known crusade in English history, however, is the Third Crusade, of which Richard the Lionheart was a leader. An account for the preparations for this, including the cynical selling of noble ladies to raise money, and the terrible anti-Jewish riots at Richard's coronation is given in 'The Mayor'.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
In Manhattan in the early to mid nineteenth century, scores of pigs roamed the streets – about 20,000 of them at peak population in the early 1820’s, a ratio of roughly one pig to every five humans ! Many of them belonged to families. The city was quickly growing in the nineteenth century – in population and wealth disparity. Despite rapid urbanization, non-wealthy New Yorkers continued raising hogs as a means of surviving. A family could always slaughter one of its pigs to feed itself, or sell one of them since pork was a staple of the American diet. Why pigs? Other animals weren’t quite so compatible with urban life. People could let their pigs wander the streets, rummage through trash for the piles of spoiled food that was left out on the street during the day, and count on them to return home in the evening !




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