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?
Only one man was allowed to live in the royal palace of China, known as the Forbidden City: the emperor. All the other inhabitants were either women - wives, concubines or servants - or the famous palace eunuchs. Nearly all eunuchs were castrated when they were still only boys. But there were just a few who chose to be castrated after they became men, and even had children of their own. They did it for the money. 




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