Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of Hattin (1187)

Happy July 4th to US readers! I’ve been…less than flattering in past writing about the Crusaders, and the truth is Hattin was actually one of their biggest blunders. It’s a battle that didn’t need to be fought in a place where no Crusader army should have found itself. The success of the First Crusade in… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of Hattin (1187)

Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of Hattin (1187)

This is of course the Fourth of July, so there won’t be any news updates tonight. Happy Independence Day to my American readers. But it’s also the anniversary of the epic Crusader defeat at Hattin, so if you’re looking for something to read before the fireworks start, here’s my account of that battle: I’ve been,… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of Hattin (1187)

Happy Fourth of July and Hattin Day

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Happy Independence Day to my US readers (which seems to be most of you)! I wasn’t planning on writing today, but then I remembered that today is also the 828th anniversary of the Battle of Hattin, the 1187 Crusader defeat that all but guaranteed that…

Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of Hattin (1187)

Today is of course American Independence Day, but you know we’re not really here to talk about that. Fortunately, today is also the anniversary of the Battle of Hattin, the 1187 Crusader defeat that all but guaranteed that Jerusalem would fall to Saladin’s army–which it did, on October 2. So let’s talk about that instead.… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of Hattin (1187)