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Keeping Your Head by Theophilia Keeping Your Head by Theophilia
"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 :la:), 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. :)
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:iconknightofthecrusade:
KnightoftheCrusade Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
Good job. I did laugh. Black comedy is gold.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:) dashinvaine came up with the whole thing, I just threw it together with his permission. :XD:
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:iconknightofthecrusade:
KnightoftheCrusade Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
Yet Saladin's supporters boast of his "chivalry". Both sides were brutal.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:nod:
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:iconshinzhon:
Shinzhon Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's not something we're supposed to laugh at but.. but xD Oh my godness
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahahah, it's rather black humor. ;-) And it does make me sad. :( Poor Templars. :(
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sullobog Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
why was he not killed?
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Because he was the Grand Master of the Templars and Saladin figured he could get a good ransom out of him or reach some other kind of advantageous deal with him in exchange for his freedom. Which he did. de Ridefort promised that the Templars would give up some fortresses that would otherwise have stopped Saladin's advance.
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Aodhagain Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahahaha... and the first thing that comes to my mind is chapter 2 of Orthodoxy. :XD:
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thinking of any line in particular? ;-)
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