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.

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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