SOURCE: Religion Dispatches
The Far Right's Embrace of Knights Templar is About Bigotry
by Thomas Lecaque
The Knights Templar's veneration by the right is like the adulation of neoconfederates or neonazis: the hate is the point.
SOURCE: New York Times
Diver Discovers 900-Year-Old Sword Dating to the Crusades
The sword is dated at 900 years old, and originated in the Third Crusade.
Historical Novelists Owe the Truth to Readers–and to History
by Sharon Kay Penman
In insisting upon the importance of historical accuracy in novels, I am also making an argument that novels can add a valuable dimension to the study of history.
Were the Crusades Bound to Fail?
by Nicholas Morton
But for one stunning defeat in Aleppo they might well have succeeded.
SOURCE: Fox News
Syria's cultural heritage under attack during bloody civil war
Amid a two-year bloody civil war that has killed an estimated 70,000 civilians and left 2.5 million people homeless, a profound loss of another kind has unfolded inside Syria – an attack on the country's cultural heritage, as missiles demolish ancient sites and looters steal artifacts as old as civilization. More than 12 of the country's 36 museums have been raided and at least six historical sites have been damaged – including the Crusader castle Krak des Chevaliers – since the uprising began in March 2010, according to several international groups tracking the destruction. Aleppo – one of the most beautiful cities in the Middle East and a crossroads of Christian, Jewish and Arab cultures – is among the hardest hit by the fighting between regime forces and rebels....
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