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?
Lost Island. About 1,000 feet south of the Rockaway shores, off the coast of Queens in New York City, a one mile long island which I make mention of in NEW YORK – called Hog Island - had by the late nineteenth century became a favourite getaway “back room business” gathering spot for some of the city’s most powerful Tamany Hall politicians, and even attracted beach resort businesses and developers. But following the infamous Hurricane of 1893, which made landfall in New York City in August of that year, the island all but disappeared under the sea, and was lost entirely by 1902. Almost a century later, following two particularly devastating storms, hundreds of artifacts from the late nineteenth century washed up on the shores of southern Long Island, believed to have come from Hog Island.




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