Sample Post from the History Genre this Month:
Raymond of Tripoli posts in Kingdom of Conscience
My Beloved Mother,
I have just a short time to write this letter since the nice merchant, what promised me to bring my letter to you, is in hurry. He wants to leave Cyprus before the English Crusaders discover, there is still a ship in the harbour of Limassol, which is not plundered yet. I want to send this report to your hands because I don’t know how will tell the events this Venetian fellow. I paid a lot for the delivery.
Anyway, King Richard of the English has arrived to this key strategic position on the maritime lanes to the Holy Land. A sea-storm blew him to Cyprus from Messina, where he victoriously saved his sister, but he’ll certainly tell you. He likes bragging. I leave the other details how attacked and spoiled he the city but feel important to tell you there is no agreement between the two Kings, Richard and the French Philippe. They are badly rivaling. So, the storm separated the two fighting cocks and while Philippe is sailing to Acre, as punishment for our sins, Richard arrived here.
After some searching, it was discovered that the ship carrying his sister Joanna and his new fiancée Berengaria was anchored on the south coast of Cyprus, along with the wrecks of several other vessels, including the treasure ship. Survivors of the wrecks had been taken prisoner by our ruler, Isaac Komnenos. Richard ordered Isaac to release the prisoners and treasure. Our uncle refused, so Richard landed his troops and took Limassol. The perfidious local magnates, as it is a custom in our Empire, abandoned Isaac, who considered making peace with Richard, joining him on the crusade, and offering his daughter, the little Anna, in marriage to the person named by Richard. Our Uncle, of course, just feigned the submission. The sebastokrator changed his mind, and when the timing seemed to be adequate, he tried t escape. Richard defeated him however and Isaac was confined with silver chains because Richard had promised that he would not place him in irons. The King appointed two Englishmen for governors of the island and rumours say he plans to sell Cyprus to the Templars.
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