I always wanted to go to Jurusalem. I've mentioned it several times. Read. Just watched an epic film Kingdom of Heaven, it stars Orlando Bloom, my fav Eva Green, .. and a Syrian actor Ghassan Massoud - playing the role of Salahuddin Al Ayubi.
The story is set during the Crusades (perang salib) of the 12th century. Filming took place in several places - Morocco, Spain, Seville.. oh.my.god OK! and the replica (of course it was a replica) of the ancient city of Jurusalem was constructed somewhere in desert.
The story was supposed to hightlight a French village blacksmith - played by Orlando Bloom who goes to aid the city of Jerusalem in its defense against the Muslim and Kurdish leader Salahuddin, who is battling to reclaim the city from the Christians. Wiki
Thanks to the movie, now that I'm reading about Salahuddin Al Ayubi. He led the Muslims against the Crusaders and eventually recaptured Palestine from the Kingdom of Jerusalem. He was known as generous and despite being the principal enemy, he won the respect of many of them. After his triumph over Jurusalem, he offered the inhabitants safe passage to Christian lands.
The armies of Salahuddin engaged in combat with the King of England. Wiki. However, Salahuddin's relationship with Richard was one of chivalrous (very polite) mutual respect as well as military rivalry. When Richard became ill with fever, Salahuddin offered the services of his personal physician. He also sent him fresh fruit with snow, to chill the drink, as treatment. At Arsuf, when Richard lost his horse, Salahuddin sent him two replacements. Richard suggested to Salahuddin that Palestine, Christian and Muslim, could be united through the marriage of his sister Joan of England, Queen of Sicily to Salahuddin's brother, and that Jerusalem could be their wedding gift.
I wonder how many months it took to travel from England to Sicily those years.
As leaders of their respective factions, the two men came to an agreement, whereby Jerusalem would remain in Muslim hands but would be open to Christian pilgrimages. Salahuddin and Richard never met face to face and communication was either written or by messenger.
Salahuddin was a great leader and conquared many lands, only died of a fever in Damascus, not long after Richard's departure. WHAT AN UNSUAL RELATIONSHIP?
I so wanna go to Jurusalem. Good night.