Chivalry, What Does it Mean?

It seems that after a many years of social crudeness that was growing more so, the era of the Knights and the idea of the “ideal knight” with all the spirit and manners of knighthood brought about a new style during feudal times. The idea of the valiant, courteous knight, generous even to foes was quite popular and today the word used is “chivalrous”. A modern example might be when a man opens a car door for a woman or displays an old-fashioned graciousness.

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The Great Rabbi and the Chivalrous Saladin

Known as Maimonides, this Jewish Rabbi was exceptionally talented and brilliant in the fields of philosophy, math and astronomy. He was also an accomplished physician. Born in 1135, Mosheh ben Maimon was the personal physician for the chivalrous Saracen leader, Saladin. Only two years older than Maimonides, Saladin was the Sultan of both Egypt and Syria from 1174-1193. Saladin fiercely fought against the Crusades and is remembered historically tied to Richard the Lion Hearted with whom he was a great opponent.

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The Lies of the Lion (Book 1)

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The Guild (Book 2)

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What Does Byzantine Mean?

Byzantine means “characteristic of Byzantine.” But what is Byzantine? Today, it is Istanbul Turkey but before that it was Constantinople and before that it was… you got it… Byzantine. And during the era of the great Byzantine Empire (5th and 6th centuries) certain styles were developed. There were fabrics, domes, arches, mosaics and marble veneer placed upon walls. A Christian culture of Biblical times from that era is also referred to as Byzantine. “Byzantine Romans” is also used, as is the expression, the “Roman Empire of Byzantium”.

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The Lies of the Lion (Book 1)

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The Guild (Book 2)

http://www.amazon.com/Guild-Hesters-Goodwill-Lions-Trace/dp/1484916697

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Who Was Elijah?

Also known in the New Testament as Elias, Elijah was an ancient prophet whose life and character is depicted in the Bible. Elijah spent many of his days at Mount Carmel and due to his hermitage nature; the Greek Church refers to Elijah as their Patron Saint of the Mountains. Mount Carmel (in Israel) reaches an elevation of approximately 1800 feet and is of enormous Biblical and historical significance. Elijah was also linked with the secret religious communal, the Sons of Prophets. Elijah is still remembered today when at Passover a chair is left empty for him and Jewish tradition tells that before the Messiah comes, Elijah will return. During ancient Biblical times, during his lifetime, Elijah stood up to many in power.

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The Lies of the Lion (Book 1)

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What’s A Druid?

A Druid is a member of an ancient religious order in Ireland, Gaul and Britain. Celtic in origin, the Druids are the “wise men” who instruct their followers in the philosophy of Druidism. Also for the women, the word is Druidess. The men are usually depicted with long flowing beards.

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The Lies of the Lion (Book 1)

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The Guild (Book 2)

http://www.amazon.com/Guild-Hesters-Goodwill-Lions-Trace/dp/1484916697

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When Did the First Stock Market Begin?

Back in the 1500s the Dutch had the VOC (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie) that was the “Dutch East India Company”. This was the first stock “exchange”. Investors would get together and commission ships to voyage and bring back spices, cloth, herring, wheat, etc. The VOC was where you went to purchase your “share” in it. If pirates didn’t get your ship or storms didn’t ruin your wheat, you made a profit. This built the great Golden era of Amsterdam. I write historical fiction and my characters in “The Lies of the Lion” are Portuguese Merchants living in Amsterdam when the first stock market began.

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The Guild (Book 2)

http://www.amazon.com/Guild-Hesters-Goodwill-Lions-Trace/dp/1484916697

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