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[10 Jun 2010 | No Comment | ]
BOOM Studios releases Hawks of Outremer

Robert E. Howard’s lesser-known character with a sword, Cormac Fitzgeoffrey, is in comic book stores this week, the lead hand in BOOM Studios adaptation of Howard’s 1931 short story Hawks of Outremer.

Hawks is set during the Third Crusade and brings Cormac to Outremer where the battle-loving Irish chief soon meets King Richard for a little less-than-PC skull smashing action in all its unapologetic glory.

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[9 Jun 2010 | No Comment | ]
The Invisible History of the Rosicrucians

The Invisible History of the Rosicrucians is author Tobias Churton’s ambitious attempt to create the definitive book on a complex and oft-misunderstood subject. Churton, perhaps best known for his works on Gnostic writings and philosophy, is a lecturer at the Exeter University (UK) master’s program in Western Esotericism and is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on hidden wisdom and secret societies. He has touched on the Rosicrucians in his writing before, most notably in 2002’s excellent pre-history of Freemasonry, The Golden Builders. That book, however, only hinted at the exhaustive scope and detail to be found in The Invisible History of the Rosicrucians, which at nearly 600 pages outdoes even Churton’s similarly weighty tome on the Craft, 2007’s Freemasonry: The Reality.

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[9 Jun 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
The Battle of the Springs of Cresson

A year before the Christian loss of Jerusalem in 1187, there was a difference of opinion between the Knights Templar and Hospitallers over who should rule the kingdom after the death of King Baldwin V. The Templars believed that the crown should rest on the head of Baldwin’s mother Sibylla and her new husband Guy of Lusignan, while the Hospitallers favoured Raymond III of Tripoli, who had been regent for the leper King Baldwin IV, a man who despite his frailties had been victorious at the Battle of Montgisard in 1177.

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[8 Jun 2010 | No Comment | ]
Troubadour, Wenches by smallGRAND

Troubador, Wenches is a a new medieval rap video by the sketch comedy group smallGRAND, a video production company that specializes in comedy shorts. The group includes an engineer, a paramedic and a medievalist. smallGRAND has written for the Onion News Network, IvyGate, the Daily Beast, and other websites.

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[5 Jun 2010 | One Comment | ]
The Battle of Montgisard

When King Baldwin IV reached the age of 16 in 1177, Count Raymond of Tripoli’s regency of the Kingdom of Jerusalem came to an end. Now in power, the leper king immediately became involved in military campaigns, despite his growing illness. When Philip of Flanders decided to go north to help Raymond in a campaign against the Muslims, Baldwin sent one thousand knights and two thousand foot soldiers to assist, as well as a number of Templars. This left the kingdom with far fewer men than they had sent and Saladin quickly learned of the kingdom’s weakened condition.

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[27 May 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
The Battle of Arsuf

Within a week of the Muslim victory at Hattin on July 4, 1187 the port city of Acre had surrendered to Saladin’s army. Within a month Toron, Sidon, Gibelet and Beirut had also capitulated as the famed warrior made his way down the Palestinian coast before marching on Jerusalem, which surrendered on October 2.

Although it had taken the Muslim army a short time to capture Acre, it would take the Christian armies nearly two years to take it back – from August 28, 1189 until July 12, 1191. The victory was finally earned for Christendom by King Richard I (The Lionheart) who had taken control of the campaign a month earlier after arriving from the west.

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[7 May 2010 | No Comment | ]
History Channel Looking For Program Host

The History Channel is putting together a new show called Decoded and are looking for a second host for the program. Here is the blurb they sent us.

We are looking for a male co-host, ages 35-55 for a premium cable show that focuses on American Conspiracies, Mysteries and Secrets. Our host should be a “believable believer,” someone who can challenge traditional scientific and historical methods.