The French knight entered the cathedral of Iadera in the autumn of 1204. He seemed like any other traveling knight, all pilgrims on their way to the Holy Land or back from it, who sought lodgings in Iadera, whether they travelled by horse or by boat. There were no insignias of any order on his clothes, no cross on his chest or back. The thirty-four-year-old Robert de Clari, a knight of long blonde hair and a several-months-long beard, had unstitched the cross from his tunic long ago. He was without a horse, and he had left his hauberk, shield, and sword aboard a galley that would spend one night in the Iadera harbour, on its way to the Christian north of Iberia, where he intended to join the Crusaders of Aragon in taking back the southern part of the peninsula.