At mortal batailles hadde he been fiftene,
And foughten for oure feith at Tramyssene

from Geoffrey Chaucer – The Canterbury Tales (General Prologue) on Rap Genius


‘Tramyssene’ is Tlemcen, in Algeria.

Since there’s no evidence of a Christian attack on Tlemcen i the 14th century, Terry Jones, in Chaucer’s Knight, has suggested that the knight fought for a Muslim prince there. He’s probably wrong— it’s not as if we have documentation of every battle fought during the crusades.

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