Today In History
On December 12, 1098, Crusaders led by Raymond de Saint Gilles and Bohemond of Taranto negotiated the surrender of the city of Ma’aara in what is now Syria. The city had been under siege for two weeks.
Upon the surrender of the townspeople, the Crusaders immediately began a slaughter (that’s like fighting someone who doesn’t want to fight, Ray Emery).
But alas, those silly Crusaders took a city that wasn’t nearly as rich as they thought. While some negotiations were going on, the soldiers had to wait in this desolate Detroit of the Desert and eventually started eating dead people, leading historian Albert of Aix to say “Nam Christiani non solum Turcos vel Sarracenos occisos, verum etiam canes arreptos” (“the Christians did not shrink from eating not only killed Turks or Saracens, but even dogs”).
Even dogs, you guys. Even dogs.
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