Continuing this series I’ll look at the symbols of the various orders acive in the Crusades, you know, the symbols on flags you spent hours running around collecting…oh, no, just me then?
Like most of the Knights of the Crusdades the Teutonic Order adopted the Cross as their symbol, mounting a black cross on a white backdrop. The Knights were identifiable by a simple black cross marked on their white robes.
Probably one of the coolest symbols for me as I went to Malta, where the order had it’s base of operations for centuries and the symbol was very prevalent across the islands. Even though Malta played no part in the game it’s cool to have a real connection to that story through it’s history. Even cooler was visiting Monterrigioni and Tiber Island in Italy!!
The Kingdom of Jerusalem was an attempt during the crusades to create a permanent state in and around Jerusalem for pilgrims to the holy city. The state lasted nearly two centuries but ultimately failed.
One of the most iconic English symbols are the three lions of Richard the Lionheart, still seen today on the England football strip among other places.
Yes, this is the flag of Turkey, but it’s the closest representation of the in-game flag I could find. The crescent and star are depicted in medieval images and texts as being the banner of some Saracen factions during the crusades and has been in use in various forms since the 2nd century.
That’s it, my knowledge of the period is cursory at best and I tried to give a basic impression rather than a full history – if there are any glaring errors or omissions leave a comment and I’ll fix ’em
Next time I’ll cover the mysterious symbols on the Abstergo walls
I wanted to do something a bit different so I’m going to look at symbols used in different SF media. I don’t profess any knowledge or anything, but I think there is something about having a recognisable symbol that appeals to us nerds so I’m looking at anything I’d want to slap on a t-shirt…or already have!!
The Assassin Symbol
The Assassin’s Creed symbol (here the Levantine variant from the first game) seems to have become one of the most recognised symbols in the world – it seems you can hardly walk down the street without bumping into someone sporting the logo on a t-shirt, hat or tattoo. I’ve tried to look into the origins of the symbol – it’s clearly an A for our benefit, but that doesn’t bear any historicity as the original Order were called Hashshashin and their symbol looked something more like this.
It does bear a close resemblance to the symbol of the Freemasons, and I believe the second game claims that the Masons stole their symbol from the Assassins. There’s also a theory around that it’s based off an eagle skull, which looks pretty cool! Regardless it’s an amazingly powerful symbol..and yes I do own clothing with it on!!
Assassin’s Creed is a good starting place as it does show that symbols have had a huge place in history. While they have been the enemies of the Assassins since pre-history the Templars rose to prominence in the Crusades when they adopted the corrupted Cross as their public symbol and many wore the symbol on rings or other more subtle markers during the modern era.
Abstergo Industries Symbol
Another great symbol so recognisable that I had to snap up the first line of Abstergo hoodies when UbiWorkshop started their production of merchandise. The public face of the Templar order this symbol recognised an international conglomerate with businesses in almost every sector and a secret agenda of world domination.
Next time I’ll look at some of the other Knightly Orders and their symbols from the Crusades