Reenactment of the Battle of Hattin

By Aviva Shwartz

The reenactment of one of the most significant battles of the Crusader period, the Battle of Hattin, took place in Israel on July 3-5, its 832nd anniversary. It consisted of a two-day journey culminating in the reenactment of the battle itself.

Every year, the Regnum Hierosolymitanum group for history reenactment along with other groups from Israel, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Cyprus and the United States, reconstruct the events surrounding the Battle of Hattin in the actual landscape and in conditions similar to those prevailing at the time. This project is based on significant academic and archaeological research carried out on the battle itself and the location. The Regnum Hierosolymitanum group carries out historical reenactments of significant events that occurred in the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem, focusing on the second and third quarters of the 12th century, before the destruction of the Kingdom, which followed its defeat at the Battle of Hattin in 1187. The project organizer Genadiy Nizhnik, is an expert in medieval and biblical archeology and heads the “Kingdom of Jerusalem” club.

The Horns of Hattin march is a living historical event. All attendees actively participate in the reenactment and are assigned to one of two opposing armies. One side of the conflict is led by the King of Jerusalem Guy de Lusignan and the other by Salah ad-Din. Characters include knights, professional mercenaries, members of the military order, horseback riders, Mamelukes, pilgrims, countrymen, city dwellers, Bedouins, musicians, and others.