Christian Militarism

After the defeat of the Latin Christians at the Battle of Hattins, the Templar knights taken captive were given the choice between apostasy and death. None chose to deny Christ. All were decapitated by ecstatic Sufis on the order of Saladin. Saladin went on to gain a reputation as merciful and magnanimous in victory–another historical distortion. The Templars went on to gain an eternal reward.

Regine Pernoud