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Reader’s comment: The Green Piper of Hamelin


In response to The Conservative Woman: The Big Climate Change Quiz (teachers welcome),

Inspector General wrote:

One is reminded of the historical happening that was the Children’s Crusade, the event most likely to have inspired The Pied Piper of Hamelin. Thoroughly brainwashed to believe that they, and only they, could rescue the Holy Land from the Saracen, off they went . . .

Few made it back. Some, who were too weak or lame to go stayed behind. They get a mention in the fable. The ones that made it to the coast tried to negotiate passage across the sea, but were enslaved by their delighted sea-going captors, who took them home to (Islamic) North Africa where their descendants can be found today.

We won’t dwell on what cruelties awaited the children, but it must have been bloody awful for them . . .

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