Let's Learn About The Battle Of Hattin Which Dates Back To 1187

Submitted by: wolladude 2 weeks ago in Misc


The rise and early victories of Saladin.

The Battle of Hattin took place on 4 July 1187, between the Crusader states of the Levant and the forces of the Ayyubid sultan Salah ad-Din, known in the West as Saladin. It is also known as the Battle of the Horns of Hattin, from a nearby extinct volcano.

The Muslim armies under Saladin captured or killed the vast majority of the Crusader forces, removing their capability to wage war. As a direct result of the battle, Muslims once again became the eminent military power in the Holy Land, re-conquering Jerusalem and most of the other Crusader-held cities.

These Christian defeats prompted the Third Crusade, which began two years after the Battle of Hattin.
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Male 1,864
Saladin was one of the great military commanders in history. His civilian rule was equal to that, which is essential to his greatness.
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Male 289
In 1187, we took a hike with Saladin
To fight those ol' Crusaders right near Mount Hattin
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Male 1,864
stevopusser We took a little bacon and we took a little beans?
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Male 880
mmmm, salad ... in
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Male 6,320
[deleted comment] pork
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Male 1,453
Thanks for the submission. I enjoy the historic content on IAB lately. Haven't been in a museum in a while, but it's nice to have the museum come to me through the Internet :)

2005 Film Kingdom of Heaven (trailer) dramatized this period.

Battle of Hattin scene from the movie. 
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Male 919
boredhuman kingdom of heaven was such bullshit with its political leanings. The kingdom was not allowed to go free. The Christians had thousands go into slavery and the rest who could pay for their freedom harassed, robbed  of what little they had left and taken into slavery on their walk to the coast and Europe. 
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Male 1,453
jayme21 It's possible to like a movie despite some historical inaccuracies. Helena Schrader, a historian, did like it. Movies and history books serve different purposes. 
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boredhuman I just object to the way films/tv take massive liberties with the truth and claim to be historically accurate. As a popular movie or TV show will become the default history. Take  Argo, the Crown or Braveheart all based on historical events all ridden with errors all now seen as the historical record by many where as the writers will argue artistic license. I'd have no issue with the Kingdom is it didn't have the based on history label. 
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Male 1,453
jayme21 A movie labeled "based on history" does not mean it makes a "claim to be historically accurate". If you go to the movies expecting unadulterated truth, you're setting yourself up for disappointment. A movie's primary goal is to entertain (and earn money as a result). 
Don't get me wrong - I appreciate you pointing out inaccuracies in Kingdom of Heaven. The point is: Don't blame the writers/movies for a misinformed public - instead, blame the public for leaning about history through movies and not history books. 
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jayme21 Hollywood is a whore... no doubt about it.
"The Great Escape" added an American because... um... er...
"The Patriot" not only absolved Mel's character of his horrific crimes but killed off the British commander... who did not really die, not even a little bit!
& etc.
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