King’s Cross Ring
Tribute To A King – The Kings Cross Ring
This beautifully detailed tungsten carbide ring carries an insignia similar to those worn by knights on crusade in the Holy Land in the High Medieval Period. Tungsten carbide is an extraordinarily durable material and one of the most structurally sound alloys known to man. It’s scratch and tarnish-resistant and allergen-free. This ring is designed with comfort in mind, featuring an interior that’s been rounded and smoothed for a perfect, friction-free fit. The King’s Cross Ring makes an iconic piece of everyday jewellery and an excellent LARP device.
The Crusades Of Kings
The crusades were a series of wars, often backed by the church during the Medieval period, which was waged with the intention of retaking the Holy land. This may seem unjustified/unwise to the modern view but the interpretation of Christian scripture of the time, and the real-world power of the church behind it, convinced successive European leaders to send troops to this long, bloody, and arguably unnecessary conflict. The endeavour lasted several generations and though we picture a fairly specific set of arms and armour when we hear “crusades”, there were several significant developments made throughout the period.
Wrong Holy Land
Historian, Thomas Asbridge points out that rather than directly invading the heart of Islam, the crusades first, and primarily, involved a long effort to control what were essentially frontiers of the Muslim world. The near-east, which must be crossed to reach Jerusalem, was an outlier to the nexus of Arabic civilization at the time. It’s easy to forget that in order for the crusaders to reach the Holy Land, they had to march, dressed in tabards bearing an insignia like the King’s Cross ring, through many countries that (in the eyes of their inhabitants) had just been won/tamed. This precipitated fighting for territory from almost the moment the crusaders left European controlled lands.
Material: King’s Cross Ring is 100% Tungsten Carbide