15 thoughts on “olDay 10 of GED in 5 months, more salty evidence, and librarians!

  1. Salt involved in the Crusades? Now you got me, dear Shira! I recall a gruesome medieval poem that mentions Peter the Hermit and his merry gang of beggars roasting flesh of their enemies (Pagans, that is) and eating it with salt, but otherwise please enlighten me.
    Happy Lag b’Omer and Shabbat Shalom!
    Much love,
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    1. Eeyww, yuck!

      I think that I’d seen a more clear reference, but I can now only find this link tying the salt monoply Venice had before the Crusades to the even greater commerce the city gained during and after.

      http://www.theworldeconomy.org/impact/The_Venetian_Republic.html

      My thought was this:
      What if Constantinople had fallen much sooner than it did, as that was always the Apple of the Turkish eye, but Mecca pilgrimage routes were an easier target for the Seljuks (and later, the first 7 generations of Ottoman emperors), until the Frankish Christians sacked the city, leaving it finally weak enough for Fatih Mehmet to capture?
      Venice was strong thanks to salt, and then to the demand for expensive spices .

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        1. That research is left as an exercise for the interested reader:

          I merely wanted to call attention to the importance of salt in world history and conflicts, both past and present (or possibly future), as part of the history of resource conflicts and the connection between trade/commerce and warfare.

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