"Telynor" wrote:The more that I have read of this book, the more that I like it. When I did the eastern Med cruise a few years back, one of the stops we made was at Haifa/Mt. Carmel, and I was instantly taken back there when I read about Richard's march south from Acre. However, I do think that Mt. Carmel is much closer to the sea than how it is placed in the story.
Does anyone know what the modern name/location for Acre is?
And does anyone have any thoughts as to what Arnaldia could be? I'm thinking that it could be along the lines of a hantavirus being the location and all that.
Here is what SKP posted on her blog "During the Third Crusade, both Richard I and the French king Philippe became gravely ill at the siege of Acre, with what one chronicler called Arnaldia. What was it? Who knows? Some historians think it was a malarial fever of some sort; others suggest scurvy. All we know is that it caused its victims to lose their hair and nails. The French king went bald and remained so for the rest of his life. Richard was luckier; either he did not lose all of his hair or it grew back, but he was ill enough to have to command the siege from a litter. Richards health was surprisingly fragile for such a celebrated soldier; he apparently suffered from recurrent bouts of malaria for most of his adult life."
In my world, Richard is now recovering. Wow, he really is a lousy husband. Between the church banning intimate relations so often, the lack of bathing, and wars, it is amazing women ever got pregnant!