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?
In 1598, Queen Elizabeth ordered a banquet featuring a food source from the new world: potatoes. The royal cooks, having never prepared potatoes before, threw the veggie away and cooked the green part or eye instead, sickening the whole royal court. Elizabeth banned the vegetable. The ban was eventually lifted a few years later when potatoes gained popularity in Spain, France and Italy.




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