July 4th 1187 | The Battle of Hattin

July 4th 1187 | The Battle of Hattin

Battle of Hattin As discussed in our previous post about Outremer (http://www.historynaked.com/twists-turns-outremer/), Queen Sibylla pulled a fast one.  Her brother Baldwin IV was a leper, and his heir was her son by her first marriage, who became Baldwin V.  Little...
November 25th, 1177 | The Battle of Montgisard

November 25th, 1177 | The Battle of Montgisard

The Ayyubid: a Muslim dynasty centered in Egypt. Founded in 1171 under Ṣalāḥ ad-Dīn Yūsuf ibn Ayyūb; – wait, hold on, that sounds like I just hacked in my throat; let me break out Google Translate. Let’s see, apparently he was called “Saladin.” Ahh yes, I’ve...
June 15th, 1184 | The Battle of Fimreite

June 15th, 1184 | The Battle of Fimreite

I will profess that I do not know that much of Norwegian history, but – much like the rest of Europe in the 12th Century – it was a tumultuous time. Norway was recovering from a series of civil wars, because – in a nutshell – the old customs...