joeandcaroline at msn.com
Wed May 4 21:41:35 MDT 2005
Friday the Hollywood film, "Kingdom of Heaven" opens up. This film glorifies
the Crusades, or more specifically the 3rd Crusade I believe, which was led by British King Richard "the Lion-hearted" among others. I know that the local forces led by Saladin were triumphant.
People in the Middle East sometimes use the Crusades as an analogy for the current occupation of Iraq. I don't think it is accidental that Hollywood came up with the Crusades as a subject at this time. So this pisses me off. The film is directed by Ridley Scott who made Gladiator and Black Hawk Down.
Can anyone recommend a good objective (that is pro-Middle East rather than pro-European) account of the Crusades?
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