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The King Crusader is Dead

King Louis IX of France sets out on the Eighth Crusade to counter the threat of the Mamelukes (former Egyptian Muslim slaves) ...only to die at the gates of Tunis during a siege, probably from tainted water. His brother, Charles I of Sicily, and the Sultan of Tunis agree to end the siege. In the meantime, the Mamelukes are on the rampage in the city of Ashkelon. The city will be destroyed and the harbor filled in. It will never be rebuilt. The Crusader States are in trouble so Prince Edward I heads to Syria to make a stand. [1] [2]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
I noticed a strong connection between Charles I of Sicily and Prince Edward I. I'd have to look it up but from memory, those two caped crusaders were fighting together in England not long ago. Charles pulled out of England and worked a deal with Pope Clement IV in exchange for papal troops and materiel. Although Pope Clement dies, his successor will make good on the deal.

The Koreans are Revolting!

The Koreans are rebelling against the puppet government set up by their Mongol overlords. This is yet another example of the tenuous hold Kublai Kahn has over his Empire. The only people the Koreans will hate more than the Mongols will be the Japanese, but that is far in the future. For now, the Mongols are enough. [3] [4]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
I loved the headline and it continues the theme of the Kahn losing control over his empire.

To Sum Up.... God Is Logical!

Thomas Aquinas completes his Summa Theologica which contains, in part, a logical proof of the existence of God. It is an impressive piece of logic but over time, counter arguments will weaken his original line of logic. His work remains an important part of philosophical thought to this day. [5] [6]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
I worked on a college paper that compared and contrasted Summa Theologica with more modern philosophies concerning the existence of God. It was a short paper and not earth shattering but I remember it and I was impressed by Thomas Aquinas despite the flaws in his argument. It was a great leap forward in thought.

See Also


  1. "Historical Events for Year 1270", History Orb
  2. Year 1270, Wikipedia
  3. The Sambyeolcho:Military Rule and Rebellion in Ancient Korea, Josh at the Asian History Blog, October 25, 2012
  4. Sambyeolcho Rebellion, Wikipedia
  5. Summa Theologica, Part I (Prima Pars), full text of part 1, by Thomas Aquinas
  6. Summa Theologica, Wikipedia

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