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Friday, August 23, 2019

King and Country's: In Days of Old

King and Country's: In Days of Old:

-Knights of the Round Table

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Battle of Jaffa (27 July -8 August 1192) : Fighting Saracens

The Battle of Jaffa took place during the Crusades, as one of a series of campaigns between the army of Sultan Saladin (Ṣalāḥ al-Dīn Yūsuf ibn Ayyūb) and the Crusader forces led by King Richard I of England (known as Richard the Lionheart). It was the final battle of the Third Crusade, after which Saladin and King Richard were able to negotiate a truce. Although the Crusaders did not regain possession of Jerusalem, Christian pilgrims were permitted entry into the city, and the Crusaders were able to retain control of a sizable strip of land stretching from Beirut to Jaffa. In this battle we have Sunjade/Supreme crusaders and Biplant Saracens. Enjoy !

Monday, July 22, 2019

Sunjade crusaders at Bective Abbey

Bective Abbey is set in beautiful countryside beside a lovely old bridge over the River Boyne. It was founded in 1147 by the King of Meath and was the second Cistercian abbey built in Ireland after Mellifont Abbey. It was so important that Hugh de Lacy, the most powerful Norman knight who built the nearby Trim Castle was buried here in 1195.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Saturday trip to Bective Abbey with plastic knights

Bective Abbey was founded in 1147 for the Cistercian Order by Murchad O'Maeil- Sheachlainn, King of Meath. It was Ireland's second Cistercian Abbey; a ‘daughter house' to nearby Mellifont. Bective became an important monastic settlement, but was suppressed following the dissolution of the Monasteries under King Henry VIII in1543. The lands were then rented, and the monastery began to be used as a fortified house. The tower was constructed at this time, granting the structure an imposing appearance. The remains now visible at the Abbey date mainly from the 13th to 15th centuries. They include the church, chapter house and cloister. The cloister ruins are particularly Well-preserved and feature pointed, gothic arches typical of Cistercian architecture. The Order had been founded to recapture the original simplicity of monastic life; this was reflected in their restrained buildings. The cloister - a covered passageway which opened onto and surrounded an enclosed courtyard - was an essential element, separating the world of the monks from that of ordinary people. Today, the ruins provide a maze of passageways with dead ends and interrupted staircases, all asking to be explored.

Due to its castle-like qualities, the site was also chosen as a location for the 1995 film 'Braveheart'.
I photographed  plastic knights produced by Tipco, Sunjade and Biplant at the Abbey surroundings.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Crusaders made their way to the Holy Land ...

Crusaders made their way to the Holy Land ... Plastic knights produced by Timpo, Lone Star, Biplant, Netechnolog and Crescent.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Departure of a Boat for the Crusades

Departure of a Boat for the Crusades to the Holy Land. Toy soldiers from Timpo, Britains, Netechnolog, Crescent, LOD, Lone Star, Sunjade and Disney.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Crusaders at Cornet Castle in Guernsey

Crusaders at Cornet Castle in Guernsey.  Formerly a tidal island, like Lihou on the west coast of Guernsey, it was first fortified as a castle between 1206 and 1256, following the division of the Duchy of Normandy in 1204.The wardenship of Geoffrey de Lucy (1225-6) has been identified as a time of fortification in the Channel Islands: timber and lead was sent from England for castle building in Guernsey and Jersey.At that time the structure consisted of a keep, a chapel, two courtyards and curtain walls.In 1338, when a French force captured the island,They besieged Cornet, capturing it on 8 September; the French then massacred the garrison of eleven men at arms and 50 archers.The island was retaken in 1340 and the castle was recaptured in August 1345 after a three-day attack by professional soldiers and the local militia.The French had spent their seven-year occupation improving the defences, including probably the barbican.In 1358 the French returned and again captured the castle, but they were evicted the following year and an island traitor was executed. 
These toy knights produced by Biplant.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Edler Schweizer Ritter Othon, Soldier and Diplomat, St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands

The Edler Schweizer Ritter Othon monument, Soldier and Diplomat,at St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands. Otto de Grandson,also spelled Otton, Othon or Otho (c. 1238–1328), was the most prominent of the Savoyard knights in the service of Edward I, King of England. He was the closest personal friend of Edward, and shared the king's many interests. The son of Pierre, lord of Grandson near Lausanne, the young Otto travelled to England probably in the company of Peter II of Savoy in 1252, certainly not later than 1265. There he entered the service of King Henry III and by 1267 was placed in the household of Prince Edward. In return for likely service for Prince Edward at the battles of Lewes and Evesham he was rewarded with property at Queenhithe in London. In 1268 both prince and servant were knighted and in 1271 the latter accompanied his lord on the Ninth Crusade, where he served at Acre that year. According to one source, it was Otto, not Eleanor of Castile, who sucked the poison from the wounded Edward after an attempted assassination. In 1272 Otto was appointed an executor in Acre. Returning to England, he was a key household knight of King Edward I in his campaigns in Scotland and Wales, where he served as chief justiciar of Wales, based at Caernarfon Castle from 1284 to 1294. During the Welsh Wars of King Edward I Otto was very active diplomatically and militarily, beginning with the siege of Dolforwyn Castle in April 1277. On behalf of Edward, he concluded the Treaty of Aberconwy in November that brought the invasion of Wales in 1277 to an end. In 1278, he was appointed King's Lieutenant in the Duchy by Edward and sent to the Duchy of Gascony along with Robert Burnel. to reform the government He was also employed as a diplomat and gained contacts with most of the sovereigns of western Europe. During the second invasion of Wales in 1282–83 he narrowly escaped death at the battle of Moel-y-don before in April 1283 taking the town of Harlech at the head of 560 infantry. In 1283 he was briefly in the employ of Edmund Crouchback, the king's younger brother, for diplomatic work. It was said that no one could do the king's will better, including the king himself. He was appointed governor of the Channel Islands and in 1290 appointed a bailiff for each of the bailiwicks of Guernsey and Jersey, giving them civil powers to administer the islands. In the spring of 1328, the ninety-year-old knight set out tor one last trip to Rome. Close to Aigle, he was taken ill. On 5 April 1328, he died.