Winning Wednesday: T-Shirt

Behold the Dawn by K.M. WeilandThis week’s Winning Wednesday winner is Jacob Glenn. In order to win the double prize of the Behold the Dawn keychain and the Wordplay pen, he answered the question “At the time of the Third Crusade (1189-1192), was the use of plate armor prevalent?”

Plate armor was not developed until the 14th century and did not become widely used until the 15th. At the time of the Third Crusade, chain mail was still the order of the day. Mail was crafted by wrapping wire (usually made of iron) around a cylindrical object and then cutting along one side to create rings, which were then threaded into other rings to create mail. The individual links were either welded or riveted shut. When completed, a mail coat could weigh as much as fifty pounds. Its flexibility allowed a knight greater freedom of movement in a battle, but it could not prevent a heavy blow from bruising or even breaking bones. Mail became increasingly popular in the 12th century, with mail leggings appearing in addition to shirts. Sleeves often extended into mittens, which featured leather palms for gripping strength. In the Holy Land, mail was cleaned in a mixture of oil, camel dung, and sand.

Congratulations, Jacob! Your prize is in the mail! Please feel free to enter again.

This week’s prize: A Behold the Dawn T-shirt (with a choice of sizes for the winner).

This week’s question: “The Crusaders shortened the name of their opponent, the famed Turkish sultan, to Saladin. What was his full name?” (Hint: Google!)

In Behold the Dawn, Marcus Annan arrives in the Holy Land, after a skirmish with a Saracen blockade, to catch his first view of the besieged port city of Acre:

Dead and wounded strewed the decks, and already the sailors were pitching the Moslem corpses into the sea, lest they curse their ship. The captain shouted orders, sending his surgeon and Knight Hospitaler passengers to tend the wounded. The surviving Christians knelt, hands propped on the crossguards of their swords, heads bowed. One by one, their heads rose from their prayers, and their eyes flitted to the ship’s prow and to Annan.

He frowned and turned away. If he had harbored any hope of hiding his identity, it was lost now. Most of Europe had heard tales, both true and false, of the giant tourneyer and his skill on the battlefield. As soon as the Bonfilia reached land, word of his arrival would gallop ahead of him, and all men—his enemies chief among them—would know he had arrived in the Holy Land.
He rested the point of his sword in the deck, a hand on either side of the hilt, and stared across the water. Spread on the shore in front of him were the finest armies of Christendom, waiting to crush beneath their feet these rebellious Turks who dared defile the sand that had borne the feet of the Christ—but only if they could first defeat their own squabbling and inertia. Lurking in the hills beyond, harrying the besiegers, waiting only for the opportunity to scatter English and French alike with one well-aimed blow, was the mighty Saladin.

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 1, 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. Answer to the question:
    Ṣalāḥ ad-Dīn Yūsuf ibn Ayyūb

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