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Friday, July 04, 2008

Raynald of Chatillon is beheaded

On this date in our family history . . . the 4th day of July . . . in the year 1187 . . . following the Battle of Hattin . . . Raynald of Chatillon is beheaded by Saladin, a major Muslim political and military leader . . . this Sir Raynald is a 24th great-grandpa to Josephine Wingfield Henry nee Davis (1842-1899) . . . who is a 2nd great-grandma to the Keeper of this blog . . .

Around the World with Eyes Wide Open The Wonders of the World Pictured by Pen and Pencil By Henry Allen Tupper, Tupper, Henry Allen: "The Crusaders Battlefield As faithfully chronicled by Michaud we read that at nightfall they gathered together by the Horns of Hatton Guy of Lusignau with Raynald of Chatillon the grand master of the Knights Templar and the Bishop of Lydda bearing the holy cross But a great triumph awaited the Moslem and the power of the Crusaders was broken forever in the Holy Land King Guy was taken prisoner Chatillon whom Saladin hated with a peculiar hatred was killed and all the army of the noble knights were slain or taken prisoner The more one sees of the Moslem rule the stronger is his wish that ere long some power may rise and sweep from this land of blessed memory a nation of brutes whose barbarous cruelty is only exceeded"

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