Is it just me or are crusaders always an overly violan bunch that make demons look like sissies?
Well, it’s not really that far off of what the actual crusaders like, don’cha know? The real crusaders were a pretty violent bunch, racist bunch.
Actually, crusader opinions varied greatly not just between orders, but within, as well. It so happened that they were nationalist in countries where countries were divided by ethnicity, with very few exceptions, and so we label them as “racist,” despite evidence to the contrary.
Largely, they were just against other religions, (sort of like one kind of should be, since only one worldview can be correct,) and sought to convert others, but generally offered religious tolerance to people not trying to kill them. Few accepted, of course, but if none did, there wouldn’t be Jews.
The Hospitallers are best known for the battle of the city of Malta, where they, completely outnumbered by the Turkish forces, drove back the invading turks, due to a strategical error on the Sultan’s part. They are also known for suddenly laying down arms and treating the wounded of both sides of the war, later on. It was from them we get the modern Hospital, and that is why there is the Red Cross.
The Templar are the ones who gave crusaders a bad name, and largely because they were slandered. The Templar were originally very popular, largely because anyone could join. They were the order that pushed their way into Jerusalem and took it. (The Jews liked them about as well as they liked the Turks, I can imagine.) When the Turks took Jerusalem back, the Templars fell out of favor, and a lot of nasty rumors spread. This wasn’t helped by the fact that the Templars had a secret initiation ceremony, and so most of the rumors involved Satan-worship and homosexuality. The King of Spain at the time was deep in debt to the Templars, and seized upon the rulers to disband, jail, and torture as many of the Templars in his country as he could. It is said that one of the leaders of the Templars cursed him and Pope Clement (who had been bullied by the King into allowing this to pass,) saying that God knew “who had sinned and who had not….He shall punish our enemies soon.” Both died within a year, and so, tied with the fact that the Templars, themselves an entire economic system as well as an army, disappeared so fast, has led to a plethora of conspiracy theories, all of which are complete nonsense.
There was also a mercenary order that pretty much fell apart at the seams, and ended up becoming a bandit gang that preyed on pretty much everyone they came across.
So, all in all, Crusaders were largely victims of fate and the ins and outs of culture. (But that doesn’t keep people from needing a “scary face” to depict as the “worst enemy ever.”)
I’m a big fan of crusaders, can’t you tell? ^^ (Don’t kick me, please. *Huddles in corner.*)
Aaaaand sorry for how long that response was. ^^; *Ker-dies from embarrassment.*
Never be ashamed to be informative.
Given the choice between reading a long, educational comment or the more usual short, random comment… I’d go for the former every time. =)
With the Knights Templar, it was the king of France, king Philip the “Fair”, who first turned on them in 1307. Since the Pope was living in Avignon and essentially rubber stamped what the French King told him to, the Pope disbanded them in 1312.
One of the problems is that the Templar kept going after the Crusades ended. During the Crusades they had formed one of the first international banking systems in Europe to finance their military actions in the Holy Land. After the Crusades, they still patrolled the pilgrim routes where they could but essentially became full time bankers. By the time Philip turned on them, he was almost to the point of having to RENT France from the Templar. So by spreading rumors of devil-worship and homosexuality, Philip was able to expunge all of his debts to the Templar and seize all of their (considerable) properties and wealth.
And now they have to fight… Watch Zero try and talk their way outta this.
I loved the faces in the background of the third panel…
Oh yeah, I had totally missed that.
I take it she doesn’t like botany at all.
Use your botany powers, Kick!
Guess they didn’t believe her story
It’s a known fact: Crusader’s hate Botany. Bad call Kick…bad call.
So… Bacon anyone?
Botany: Science of Demons.
Why is it that my first thought on how to solve this problem is to cast the Dragon Slave spell? Great page by the way.
What’s a botanist doing in an armor like that?!!
Epic fight on it’s way!!! 😀
ZION TO THE RESCUE!!!
Wow this is truly an awesome comic. Just found it and SO putting in the faves.
Love it all! cannot wait for more
Bring it on!
Frick’n Crap. lol
‘Oh bother. Not again.’-botany hehe.
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