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Templar Battle Line

Oil on board. Quite big, c. 90 x 60 cm.

The Templars participated in several expeditions to Egypt, being active in the Fifth and Seventh Crusades, both of which started well, with the capture of the city of Damietta, at the mouth of the Nile, and the least said about how they ended the better. The setting gave me a chance to indulge my two great interests, the medieval crusades and ancient Egyptians, since I could envisage the knights defending a position during a skirmish amid some ruins. I included some ancient soldiers among the carvings to suggest the relentless nature of history, through which many armies have battled their way. 

 Private commission for a gentleman named Chris Redpath, in Leicester, who is also a fan of the Templars. Thanks to him for getting me back to the easel, and giving me an opportunity to do some more Templar stuff, too.

Incidentally I'm not sure medieval knights ever prayed using their drawn swords as crosses, pointed down. There are lots of modern depictions of this but no contemporary ones, it seems, and in hindsight I think they probably would not have done this. It would damage the blade, for one things. 
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Feb 26, 2015 2:37:02 PM +00:00
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Gustavhistory's avatar
Cambion-Hunter's avatar
Some of the greatest fighters in history.
Lukac2002's avatar

I just so happen to be planning on making a story that takes place during the Crusades, where a "Man from UNCLE" scenario happens between a crusader and a Muslim fighter, who must work together to prevent a cult devoted to Apep, the Egyptian god of evil, from being released to destroy the world.

dashinvaine's avatar
Sounds interesting. 
Hello, I wrote a short non-fiction/novelization book about the Battle of Acre in 1291, the last battle of the crusades. I am going to publish it on Amazon and I would like to ask you if I could have your permission to use this as the cover image for my book in the amazon uploader. I think it’s an amazing drawing of them at a last stand type of situation.
LTKArtwork's avatar
This is an amazing artwork and I'm going to help spread it and get you more views, man! Absolutely brilliant work, my friend!
So your saying the templars got their asses kicked later on?
EdenianPrince's avatar
toht981's avatar
I own the domed helmet the knight at the back is wearing on my chest of drawers. 
thewizard747's avatar
Would you make a painting of the Anglo Saxon crusaders?
dashinvaine's avatar
Which ones? (I think of crusading more as a Norman thing...)
thewizard747's avatar
Only two crusades I can think of that has England in them Third (Richard the Lionhearted) and the last (Long-shanks). Do these count?
dashinvaine's avatar
Yes, but most of the nobled and knights involved were of the French-speaking aristocracy. No doubt there were plenty of English and Welsh speaking soldiers in the rank and file...
thewizard747's avatar
Don't forget Robin Hood!
lavenderl's avatar
Very well done.
odavis's avatar
What can I say? Quite impressive work, my friend.
Theophilia's avatar
Oh wow, I'm so happy to see it finished! It's absolutely beautiful! :D And I do love the symbolic parallels you put into the ruins and in the formation of the Templars (with the spears and swords and the one guy pointing). Very cool. :D  
dashinvaine's avatar
Glad you like it, thought it might be up your street.
Syltorian's avatar
Wonderful work. Glad to finally see it in its finished glory!
Danubium's avatar
It seems that the only lasting "accomplishment" of the crusaders was the destruction of the Byzantine East Roman Empire.
But it's not like those didn't tempt fate with the Catholic pogrom in 1182.
dashinvaine's avatar
The crusades initially rendered good assistance to Byzantium, removing the immediate Turkish threat and restoring to the empire cities such as Nicaea. Some wonderful achievements arose from co-operation between the crusaders and the Byzantines, not least cultural ones, such as the rebuilding of the Holy Sepulchre, and the decoration of the Church of the Nativity. Also the production of beautiful illuminated manuscripts in a hybrid western/Byzantine style, notably the Melisende Psalter. Unfortunately military alliances didn't work out so well and the political situation deteriorated. The Emperor Manel Comnenus allied with the Crusaders in a scheme to capture Egypt. It would have seemed more sensible, with hindsight to concentrate on the Turks in Anatolia rather than on Egypt, but apparently the former seemed like a better idea at the time.

The sack of Constantinople (in which the Templars don't seem to have been involved) was a low point, to say the least, and tragically farcical. However the Byzantines did recover Constantinople, and they were not completely abandoned by the West in the end. Westerners with something of the crusading spirit helped Greece achieved its independence in the 19th century, moreover.

The crusades also include the Reconquista in the Iberian Peninsula, which was a complete success, enabling Spain and Portugal to become leading European nations, and pioneers of the age of exploration, much of which had a crusader impetus, due to a desire to find alternative routes to Jerusalem. America, in a round-about way, is a by-product of the crusades.
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