By Thomas Asbridge
In The First Crusade, Thomas Asbridge bargains a gripping account of a big three-year experience full of astonishing victories, grasping princes, and barbarity on an unlimited scale. starting with the electrifying speech introduced through Pope city II at the final Tuesday of November within the 12 months 1095, readers will stick to the greater than 100,000 males who took up the decision from their mobilization in Europe (where nice waves of anti-Semitism ended in the deaths of millions of Jews), to their arrival in Constanstinople, an unique, opulent city--ten occasions the scale of any urban in Europe--that bedazzled the Europeans. Featured in bright aspect are the siege of Nicaea and the pivotal conflict for Antioch, the one most vital army engagement of the total excursion, the place the crusaders, in desparate straits, routed a bigger and higher outfitted Muslim military. via all this, the crusaders have been pushed on through excessive non secular devotion, confident that their fight may earn them the gift of everlasting paradise in Heaven. but if a hardened middle eventually reached Jerusalem in 1099 they unleahsed an unholy wave of brutality, slaughtering hundreds of thousands of Muslims--men, ladies, and children--all within the identify of Christianity.
The First campaign marked a watershed in family among Islam and the West, a clash that set those international religions on a path towards deep-seated animosity and enduring enmity. The chilling reverberations of this earth-shattering conflict nonetheless echo on the earth today.