"If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you..."~ "If" by Rudyard Kipling
The picture and the idea belong completely to ~dashinvaine
, he gave me permission to use it, so I just slapped the thing together today.
In case you don't get it (and major props to you who do: you win the internet
), on July 4th, 1187, the Crusader forces of the Kingdom of Jerusalem engaged the Muslim armies of Saladin in what is known as the Battle of the Horns of Hattin. The crusaders were largely massacred and the power of the crusaders in Outremer was forever shattered in consequence. Many prisoners were taken by the Muslims during the battle, including many Templars and Hospitallers. Saladin wanted them all dead, so he paid each man in recompense for his Templar/Hospitaller prisoner, had all of the Christians brought together, and had them beheaded, saying, "I shall purify the land of these two impure races." Gerard de Ridefort, the rash Grand Master of the Templars, however, was not executed. Hence, the joke.
Here is the image used: "After Hattin" [link]
Used with permission.