- Mar 2014
- Beneath a cold sun, a grey sun, a Heretic sun...
The so-called "Dragon of Rhodes" always fascinates me. In 1332, Dieudonné de Gozon, a Hospitaller Knight, against the orders of the Grand Master, stalked and killed a dragon which had been preying on the local cattle and unwary travelers. The story is so well attested that there is no doubt it is a real event. He was known thereafter as The Dragonslayer, and became Grand Master himself in 1346. The head of the dragon was hung on a gate where it could be seen as late as 1847. The only question is, what was it? I'm inclined to believe it was an especially large Nile crocodile, but we will probably never know...