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Buzzard’s End

Friday, June 25, 2010 — On June 25th in 1218, the notoriously cruel Crusader Simon “The Buzzard” de Montfort, 5th Earl of Leicester, died at Toulouse when his head was crushed by a stone catapulted in his general direction by women and girls of the town.

While the Seige of Toulouse cost “The Buzzard,” his life, it also gave birth to an expression still popular today, as, for instance, on bloodthirsty, pro-military T-shirts: “Kill them all, let God sort them out.”

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