Education: Serious Summer

Seven centuries ago there was a generation of children who, having observed their elders' repeated failure to wrest the Holy Sepulchre from the infidel Saracens by brute force, resorted to the quaint expedient of trudging down across Europe, struggling over the Mediterranean Sea and advancing upon Jerusalem with hands empty of weapons and hearts full of faith. It is not recorded that the Saracen militia were deeply affected by this display, nor that they yielded their stronghold until, some time afterwards, Frederick II ousted them by adroit diplomacy. Nevertheless, the tradition that...

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