For many of us we feel uncomfortable celebrating Mrtin Luther King Jr day. We have done the research and we know that the famed MLK was a communist, who kept the company of prostitutes and plagerized his “I Have A Dream Speech” from Archibald Carey.
So this weekend while the rest of America is celebrating MLK we can use this time off to celebrate some of our heroes, heroes of the European people. Heroes who liberated our ancestors from the slavery of Arab rule in Europe. Here are some suggestions of historical figures along with coloring pages you can print out for your kids.
Godfrey had the dream that Jerusalem would be liberated from crushing Muslim rule and that the mass slaughter of Christian pilgrims would end. He saw that dream come true when he led the first crusade and retook Jerusalem.
Godfrey of Bouillon (1060 – 1100) was a medieval Frankish knight who was one of the leaders of the First Crusade from 1096. He was the Lord of Bouillon from 1076 as well as the Duke of Lower Lorraine from 1087. After the successful crusade to Jerusalem in 1099, Godfrey became the first Christian ruler of the Kingdom of Jerusalem after the Muslim explosion. He did not want to be called King, because he believed that the true King of Jerusalem was Christ. He used instead the title Advocate (protector or defender) of the Holy Sepulchre (Latin: Advocatus Sancti Sepulchri).
Charles Martel was the prince and duke of the Franks. He was born sometime in the 680s and died in 741. Charles united Gaul and most importantly beat back the Arab forces that were advancing into Western Europe. At the famous Battle of Tours he showed great leadership and skill and liberated Europe from the oppression and brutality of Arab invasion.
Alexander II, 1818 – 1881, was the Emperor of Russia. He was also the King of Poland and the Grand Duke of Finland. Alexander was the most successful Russian reformer since Peter the Great. His most important achievement was the emancipation of serfs in 1861, for which he became known as Alexander the Liberator. Living up to his liberator title he went on to give indepedance to Finnland and to kick the Muslims out of Bulgaria, freeing the Bulgarians from brutal Arab oppression they had suffered for 500 years.