The Journey to Baghdad

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Historical Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
Two Crusader journey to the holy city of Baghdad. Told in journal entries.

Submitted: April 09, 2014

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14 August 1096 AD

I was excited because today I get to leave the manor. The Great Pope Urban II launched a war against the infidel of Christ, the Muslims. They took our holy land and turn it into a Muslim land. My name is the Unfortunate Charlie. I was a peasant at a beautiful manor owned by Lord Richard the IV. Yesterday, Lord Richard gave me permission to leave the manor and fight in a battle against the Muslims. I always wanted to leave the manor, but I never wanted to kill a person. Pope Urban offered me many gifts if I go on this journey, such as salvation and I don’t have to pay rent for the manor. I thought it was a great idea to join. Pope Urban said it was not bad if you kill the Muslims, he said there were infidels. I believe that Pope Urban is right. This is the very first crusade and I was one of the very few soldiers to join the Crusades. I hope to take back the holy land and reclaim it to the Roman Catholic Church. As I pack my bag and get ready for the battle, I hope that God has forgiven all my sins and that I can take back the holy land from the infidels. God bless the Roman Catholic Church and Great Pope Urban the II.

 

21 August 1096

Today we arrived at a desert known as Arabia. Arabia looks different than I imagined. The crusaders decided to make a camp in Arabia while the others go out to fight in Jerusalem. Arabia was humid and hot. The desert was surrounded by mountains and there weren’t a lot of oases. There were a lot mountains made out of sand. They were called sand dunes. I decided to climb the mountains where I met a guard walking. I asked this where he was going. He said he was going to the great city of Baghdad, which was close to the camp. I decided to go with the man because I don’t get to fight until next month. The man was awfully quiet. He said he was amazed of the Muslim’s technology. He said he was hoping one day to see the city of Baghdad. He told me about all the achievement the Muslims has done and how they were more advanced that the people in Europe. As we were walking we saw an oasis. It was pretty hot and we decided to take a break. As we drank water, he said his name was Charles, an army squire that is taking a week off of his duties. I talked to him a lot all day. At sunset, we walked around the mountains and looked at the desert. I thought the mountains were beautiful. The temperature was still hot at night. As I went to sleep, I wondered how the people lived in Arabia.

 

23 August 1096

Today, Charles and I were walking to Baghdad. We were exhausted and we needed shelter. We met a man named Ali Al-Anwar. We asked him how far Baghdad was. He said we were close. We asked him if there was any shelter and he said he would let us follow him to him caravan. We got on his camels and went to his shelter. When Charles, Ali, and I got to Ali’s shelter, we were welcome by his friends. There was one big tent and I didn’t see any horses. I asked Ali if he owned any horse. He said he doesn’t need horse, they got camels. He said that camels can survive longer without water. We were amazed of what camels can do. I looked around the big tent and noticed it was made of goat hair! I made sure I didn’t touch the walls. I also noticed that the tent had few furnishing. In Europe, Kings and lords always had a lot of furnishing in their house to show them off. One of Ali’s friends said that they were always of the move, so they needed to carry as many items as possible. I also noticed the headdress Ali wears. He must have been where it to protect himself from the sun’s ray. Ali started packing the tent and asked us if we want to go to Baghdad with him. Charles and I couldn’t hesitate, so we said yes. We got on his camel and the caravan went to Baghdad.

 

24 August 1096

We got to Baghdad this morning and were amazing of the city. The city was crowded and was big. There was a moat outside of Baghdad that we had to cross. After we crossed the moat, we saw a lot of caravan group trying to sell items the people of Baghdad. As I walked around the city of Baghdad, I noticed the city had great defense. I looked up and saw guards watching the city and the outside of it. I also saw a huge tower in the center of the city. I walked to it and it was a mosque, a temple in which Muslim pray to their lord, Allah.  Next to the mosque was the caliph’s palace. Ali told me a caliph was a leader of Islam and was also a very high official. The caliph reminded me of a lord. As I looked around the city, I saw many things such as a place where people treat you when you’re sick. Ali said it was called a hospital. I walked around the town with Charles and found a building called House of Wisdom. I thought Europe should have the same thing as the city of Baghdad has. The city was beautiful, and I thought I was actually in the future. Ali told me he needs to go pray his sunset prayer. I decided to follow him and was amazed! So many people would line together and pray to their God. I decided to go to sleep and explore more of Baghdad tomorrow.

 

25 August 1096

Today I decided to go to the House of Wisdom with Charles. Charles always wanted to go to the House of Wisdom for a long time. We went to the House of Wisdom early in the morning, right after the dawn prayer. We opened the doors and all I saw was books. I wasn’t amazed because almost everyone in Europe owns a book, but then I thought closely. How are there a millions books? I scrolled onto some books and opened it. It was in a different language. I checked all the books and they were in a different language. There were languages such as Greek and Persian. There was always writing of Muslim scholars about Islam. There were also Qur’ans and a book called Hadith, which contains quotes of Prophet Muhammad’s Sunnah. They were also Greek stories and myths. The Muslims must have been trying to preserve them so the future people can still learn about these stories and it will never be lost. I believe the House of Wisdom was a great place and that Europe should have the same idea, to borrow a book to read. Muslims must care about education so much because all the writing is beautiful and that Europe would definitely benefit from this. Charles and I walked home amazed with what the House of Wisdom had and I agree with him. The house was one of the greatest buildings I’ve ever seen.

 

26 August 1096

Today, Charles woke up with a bad fever. Ali and his friends took him to hospital, a place where doctors treated the patient with medical help. I decided to see Charles at the hospital. When I went in, a man said there were different sections if I was looking for a patient. I went to the flu section, where I saw Charles. The doctor name Umar Al-Azhar treated Charles. He test Charles body and looked into his mouth. This reminded me of the wise women in Europe. The doctor in this hospital is a lot different than the wise women in Europe. The wise women wouldn’t just cut the part of the body out if it was infected. The doctors would treat it and may have a cure for it. The wise women wouldn’t even care about you, while the doctor here does it the best they can, even if it means risking their life. After the examination, the doctor gave me a paper and told me that he just got an upset stomach and that he needs to use something called a medicine. We went to a place called pharmacy and gave the paper to the person working there. He read it and went to the back of the room. He came back with a bag full of these little pills. He said that Charles needs to take one once a day for a week, and then he wouldn’t have any problems with his stomach. I thought the hospital and the pharmacy was a great idea and that Europe should take advantage of that. We won’t even need the wise women!

 

27 August 1096

Charles got a little better after yesterday’s experience. When I got to the tent today, Ali brought a board with pieces on it. He said it was called chess and said it was him favorite game. He taught me how to play and I got confused. He showed me how to play then by playing his friend in the game, in which he won. I started to understand it and decided to play with Charles. We agreed the winner would play Ali. I beat Charles at the game. I later played chess with Ali, but lost within the first ten moves. I asked him how he was so good and he said he has been playing it since he was a little kid. He said the best players can play the caliph in a game of chess and people would usually watch them. I told Ali I need to leave Baghdad tonight and go back to my camp. He said I have his Arabian horse and travel back to the camp. Charles said he would want to go back. Charles asked if he could have the chess board. Ali said yes. I was excited to leave Baghdad but sad to leave the great items were seeing. I decided to take the chess board back to the camp and show people how to play it and introduce it to them. I hugged Ali and his friends and said they were the greatest group of people I met. Charles and I got on the horse and rode it back to camp.

 

8 October 1099

I was digging into a pouch I found in the closet of my house. It was this old journal from a longtime ago when I met Ali and Charles. Charles was killed when the Muslims attacked the camp three years ago. Charles always dreamed of going to Baghdad, in which he did. We captured Jerusalem from the Muslims. The Roman Catholic Church was happy of what we did. I have returned home happy we got back Jerusalem but sad that I lost a really good friend. As I think of the past, I will never forget the wonderful memories with Ali and Charles at the great city of Baghdad.

 

Sincerely,

Charlie the Fortunate


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