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Re: Bruce and companions' bodies.
Thus far we have the Battle of Teba occuring in three different months:
25 March 1330 (Laurel quoting Ronald McNair Scott)
8th September, 1330 (Niven)
25 August 1330 (Pete Cummings)
At least we all agree on the year....
>>Mediterranian and then up the coast to Scotland, it is obvious that in that
>>warm climate these bodies couldn't be taken home as they were. So Sir
>>William Keith had the bodies prepared for the journey by having them boiled
>>(in vinegar-from a Cadfael story) so that the flesh fell off. It was only
>>the bones of the dead that went back to Scotland. The flesh was buried in
>>holy ground in Spain. I wonder whether anyone has gone there to look for a
>>monument to them?
Teba (not Theba; there is no th in Spanish) has its own web pages:
They mention a memorial plaque. That battle was the biggest thing
that ever happened in Teba. :-)
As for Saladin,
yes, he was exceptional, but Muslims in general considered Christian
Europeans to be barely better than barbarians with no manners, and with
quite a bit of justification, given the behavior of the crusaders.
The Byzantines held a similar opinion, for similar reasons.
In any case, Laurel and Niven's writeups are now in
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