This week’s Winning Wednesday winner is Hannah Covington. In order to win the Behold the Dawn T-shirt, she answered the question “The Crusaders shortened the name of their opponent, the famed Turkish sultan, to Saladin. What was his full name?” Ṣalāḥ ad-Dīn Yūsuf ibn Ayyūb was one of few Moslems famous enough to warrant a westernized version of his name. Called Saladin (or, sometimes, Suleiman), he was the son of a Kurdish emir of humble extraction. Because of his bravery and brilliance as a soldier, he was appointed by the Sultan of Persia to govern a small town in what is now Baghdad. From this lowly beginning, he rose to become one of the greatest Muslim generals in history, eventually reuniting Syria and Egypt under the Ayyubid Sultanate.
Congratulations, Hannah! Your prize is in the mail! Please feel free to enter again.
This week’s prize: The CD The Book of Secrets by New Age/Celtic singer Loreena McKennitt.
This week’s question: “In medieval times, what was the role of the bailiff?” (Hint: Check out Wikipedia.)
Instead of posting an excerpt from Behold the Dawn, this week I’m going to share the book’s “soundtrack.” When writing stories, I will often collect a playlist of songs related thematically, and thanks to Playlist, I can share them with you for your listening pleasure! Be sure to listen to the first song, which is featured on this week’s prize CD:
To enter this week’s contest, use the form at the bottom of the left-hand column to email your best guess. Deadline is Tuesday, September 8, 6:00 p.m. MST. One name will be selected from the correct entries and announced next Wednesday.
Story by K.M. Weiland