Friday 4 September 2015

Astrognome Scrapbook Solar Eclipse in 1187 and the fall of Jerusalem

Solar Eclipse September 4th 1187

Battle of Ḥattin
An eclipse of the Sun took place on September 4th 1187 it was a long eclipse lasting for 4 minutes and 5 seconds. At its widest the path of totality was 276 kilometres wide.
Stars were said to have been seen from Jerusalem. 

A partial eclipse of the Sun was recorded in England. According to Gervase of Canterbury there was a sign in the Sun at midday, it was like the Moon, and grew dim, but after a little time it filled and shone out again. 

Many things astronomical are linked to historical events and this is no exception. It was on July 4th 1187 that in northern Palestine near the village of Hattin that the Christian crusader armies of Guy de Lusignan who was king of Jerusalem from 1186-92 were defeated by the Muslim forces of Saladin.

Jerusalem was recaptured by Saladin in October 1187 and many of the gains made by the early crusades were lost.

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