About the Event:
The hike to the Horns of Hattin is a living history event. You're about to face a reenactment of a trying war route march as well as the deadly battle of the crusader army with the Saracens. The campaign stretched for three days. On Saturday July the 4th, 1187 it was crowned with a Battle of Hattin which marked the destruction of the Kingdom of Jerusalem and the fall of the crusader age in the Holy Land.
Our event is a living history project featuring militant modeling and role playing game component. All the equipment in the project is reconstructed according to reliable historical and archeological sources. However, first and foremost it's a mystery where every participant can personally live out the smashing fall of the Kingdom of Jerusalem or Salah-ad-Din's glorious victory. Like 800 years before, the concepts of Journey and teamwork are essential for this action. The yearly event takes part on the day of the battle anniversary at the same place it happened historically. Same place same time.
There are two options of attending the event:
You can join the project as a participant (don't forget about our special dress code) OR you can watch from aside. The onlookers can attend the event at viewpoints specified for this purpose under a strict rule of keeping out of the participants' way and space of action.
All the attendees are considered participants of historical reenactment! The attendees are deployed in one of the two armies participating in the event, i.e.: King of Jerusalem’s army (Gui de Lusignan) or Salah ad-Din’s army. The rough range of characters is: a spear knight, a professional mercenary, a member of a military order, a Mameluke, a pilgrim, a countryman or a city dweller, a Bedouin, a musician, a volunteer at the holy war or a baggage train person (any civilian person belongs to the baggage train).
Please remember that this event is NEITHER a tour NOR a commercial festival. All participants attend the event as volunteers. Over recent years, we are trying our best to open the project for guests and onlookers. We know how important it is for the community and we realize that we bring people one-of-a-kind experience. Time and locations of access are restricted for the guests and onlookers to specified positions since it's crucial to maintain the living history format. We are happy to see that local administrations and donators take more and more interest in our project each year. As a result, our project have more resources to expand and can be available to bigger audience. Sponsors and Donators
The march is organized as a dynamic real-time event. We are in July of 1187 and we’re facing an all-in war and full mobilization. Ahead lays thirty-kilometer march in two days and the Sea of Galilee. Not everyone will reach the sea...
Each participant should know why they are here.
The march takes part at adverse terrain and under extreme weather conditions. Do not forget about combat operation besides. On the march, we may use riding and pack animals.
Attention! The marching column includes a large number of people and animals moving in a complex environment. Thus, we need military type discipline. We need EVERYONE to keep a high level of coordination and to comply with each and every rule and requirement.
A reenacted character must fit into time, area, and social status.
Kingdom of Jerusalem: from the years 30s of XII century века until 1187. Using the sources for the 3rd Crusade or the very end of XII century are acceptable as a last resort only. Such sources are considered terminus ante quem for reenactment.
Middle East, Kingdom of Jerusalem, Outremer, counties of Fertile Crescent, Byzantium, West Europe.
Please remember that clothes and equipment of each march participant must fit their age, gender, war and social statuses.
Due to the special status of our region area, we might accept some mix of national styles and orientalism both on individual and team levels. Make sure not to mistake the ‘mix’ as authentic style of Outremer for the ‘mix’ as a jumble of sources in a participant’s head. The severity of this historical event allows for a slight agreed deviation of ideal standard in war and civil equipment as well.
This living history event is a project of Regnum Hierosolymitanum club for historical reenactment in association with a number of Israeli and foreign clubs. However, this project includes Living History movement fans from every part of Israel and embraces Living History clubs of various historical trends. We thank everybody who contributed to this project and admit that we would never be able to complete it without our friends from other clubs. As for now, we do not apply overly rigorous regulations but we hope to keep making our project more and more authentic. We want to keep the spirit of this project for yours and our own sake. Since 2013, the project turned to international one. We are happy to welcome international participants and feel still more responsibility for the high quality of our event since.
Attention! To those of participants who are not part of Living History movement as well as to those whose time/area frameset differ from the needed dramatically, we recommend to create a minimum Eastern equipment of civilian complex based on period look Oriental Civilian Complex. Bringing of such ‘stylized’ characters is subject to personal discussion with the hosting partyand should not exceed the red mark.