The 6th crusade

Triumph of a ruler who had been excommunicated by a church that wanted to see more bloodshed in the Holy Land: the taking of Jerusalem by force of treaty rather than the sword.

– James Steerforth (© 2012)

Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II of Hohenstaufen (1194-1250) drove the absurdity of the crusades ad absurdum by making a deal with the ruler of Egypt rather than shedding Christian and Muslim blood. Clever man.

The challenge at Trifecta was to write about triumph in 33 to 333 words.

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About James Steerforth

I am an author of poetry and fiction, translator and painter who loves to have fun with borrowed feathers.
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