A Hollywood Mis-Representation (as usual)  

LoyaltyandHonor 35M/31F
3114 posts
7/27/2005 6:57 am

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A Hollywood Mis-Representation (as usual)

Hollywood is known for altering stories to suite capturing an audience.

The recent movie Kingdom of Heaven was one of these movies.

The movie portrays that the Muslims allowed the Christians to leave the city of Jerusalem because they made such a valiant effort of defending themselves.

The actual real truth (historical fact) is that the Muslims allowed the Christians to leave the city unharmed because they threatened to violate and m**der many of the female inhabitants if the Muslims invaded.

The Muslim leader (Saladin) then struck the deal to allow the women to go unharmed in exchange they would allow the Christians to leave unharmed.

It is funny; a Christian knight threatened the lives of women in exchange for the freedom of his men and himself. Well actually it is not funny at all, but directly relates to how I have been saying that not all knights were actually true knights.

In this particular situation, Saladin was the true knight.

The reason Saladin even got into such a powerful position is because he had just easily defeated the entire (20,000+) Christian army. While Saladin controlled roughly 10,000 more soldiers then the Christians, the Christian knights were heavily armored and heavily armed, and the Muslims were not.

LoyaltyandHonor 35M/31F
1241 posts
7/28/2005 4:24 am

The old ways are fine, but no specific one offers true honor. I study a variety of them and live by my own mix of different medieval values of the Knight and Samurai. I would never follow just one specifically because in their own way they are brutal by themselves.

five_speed 41M

7/27/2005 9:29 pm

I've been meaning to tell you that I respect your efforts to adhere to the old ways. I use to be a student of them myself, until I learned too many historical truths like the one you mention here.

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