I, baronet Valois de chevregn write these words to pass down my experiences to my family and any other who would follow in my footsteps.
This holy land is not the barbaric land we are told of in France. In fact I would say that we are the barbarians here. They bathe regularly and read the works of the Greeks and discuss philosophy like the Romans once did. I have come to enjoy bathing even though many priests condemn it as the work of the devil. They say that a good Christian should never spend his life clean for this would give the sinner the wrong idea that this physical world was good and that we should wallow in mud as we wallow in sin.
They are wrong. This world is wonderful and we should not go around killing everyone that disagrees with us! I have met a wonderful Muslim here by the name of Alhazen and he has shown me wonders with his enhanced eyes. To see like the hawk or to see the rainbow reflected from one of his glasses inspires me with wonder about the natural world. Reading the works of the neo-platonists I’m finding that the cosmos is a beautiful thing that naturally seeks harmony and it is the false beliefs imposed by the church against what the Anointed One actually said. Note that he said love thy neighbor not massacre him.
Soon the hospitallers will be coming to execute me and several Templars for our attempt to improve sanitation and build a hospice for sick pilgrims and injured crusaders. They say our work is that of the devil and that God wills when someone recovers not some chirurgeon. I came to the Holy Land to make a better world but they didn’t come here for the same reason.

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