The Knight – July 10, 2014

(c) Jen from Blog it or Lose it!

“In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.” the knight said as he walked past the corpses of his dead comrades in arms.

He’d been born into a nobel family and when the Pope called for the faithful to free Jerusalem, he being the youngest son had been destined by his house to represent the family, at 16.  He’d decided to dedicate his life to capture and protection of the Holy City.

Jerusalem had fallen in 1069 … his stomach turned remembering his part in the massacre of the infidels, men, women and children who’d taken sanctuary in Temple of Solomon … 10,000 people some said.  Secretly, he asked himself, if this was what it meant to be a true Christian?

Those who fought at the Tower of David were spared, oddly enough, these had been warriors who’d resisted for days against the Franks.  We slaughter the sheep but free the wolves! He thought sadly. Then entered the chapel to pray.

Written for Bastet’s Friday Flash Fiction

This is pure fiction based on real history.

9 thoughts on “The Knight – July 10, 2014

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  2. A great write! I felt the angst of the knight as he contemplated what he had participated in. And, I love the ending — going into pray to cleanse of blood, or to sanctify the killing?


  3. The ending was the best part to me because, as Phylor pointed out, there’s some ambiguity there. But I think there’s a typo: I think “nobel” is supposed to be “noble”.


    • Thanks for the typo alert … I’d written nobal I think and my editor put in nobel … but I think you’re right it is noble … ah for a phonetic language … glad you liked the ending. Tell the truth, I didn’t know where I was leading my knight, but that seemed a good place to go. 🙂


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