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Renaud de Chatillon

  • Birth 1131
  • Death 4 Jul 1187
  • Burial Body lost or destroyed, Specifically: Body dumped somewhere around the Horns of Hattin
  • Memorial ID 8273296

Crusader. Renaud de Chatillon came on the First Crusade commisioned by Pope Urban II searching for personal wealth, something he was lacking back in Europe. To set about this goal, while in the Holy Land, he was sure to make proper alliances, one of the more lasting ones his strong alliance with the Order of the Knights Templar. When other crusaders went home, the wicked Renaud stayed put in Antioch, not satisfied with what he had. But he pushed his luck when he began to attack Muslim caravans going to the holy cities of Medina and Aqaba, completely ignoring the peace treaty the Christians and the Muslims had signed. The Muslim leader Saladin, angered by Renaud's audacity, decided to deal with the wicked knight personally. When the Christians were migrating to Tiberias on July 4, carrying a Piece of the True Cross, Saladin's army spotted them at the Horns of Hattin, twin mountain peaks. Since Saladin's forces controlled all the water sources in the immediate area, they were able to wear down the Christians psychologically with little trouble. By the time the Saracens began actually marching on their opponents, the exhausted crusaders dropped with ease. King Guy of Jerusalem was found huddling in his tent, trembling and holding onto the Relic. When all the Crusader leaders were rounded up and brought to Saladin's tent, Saladin handed Guy a bowl of water. After gorging himself, Guy handed the bowl to Renaud. Before Renaud could drink, Saladin struck it from his hand. Furious, Renaud cursed the name of the Islamic Prophet Mohammed, which was all Saladin needed to hear. With one swipe of the Kurd's scimitar, Renaud had lost an arm. With another, he had been beheaded. Guy sat in shock, worried, but Saladin turned to him and said. "Have no fear. It is not a custom for kings to kill kings." Guy was held captive for a year, and was released a broken man, but far less broken than the Crusaders at Hattin.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Mongoose
  • Added: 12 Jan 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8273296
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Renaud de Chatillon (1131–4 Jul 1187), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8273296, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Body lost or destroyed, who reports a Body dumped somewhere around the Horns of Hattin.