Winning Wednesday: The Book of Secrets by Loreena McKennitt

Behold the Dawn by K.M. WeilandThis 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?”

Saladin in the Middle Ages

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.)

Get a playlist!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.

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K.M. Weiland is the award-winning and internationally-published author of the acclaimed writing guides Outlining Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, and Creating Character Arcs. A native of western Nebraska, she writes historical and fantasy novels and mentors authors on her award-winning website Helping Writers Become Authors.


  1. That CD looks awesome. Thanx for the samples too!

  2. The CD’s one of my all-time favorites!

  3. What a great contest! I just emailed my answer.

  4. Thanks for entrying! Good luck! 🙂

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