The Crusades


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Victory and Defeat - Dr Thomas Asbridge reveals that the outcome of these epic holy wars was decided not on the hallowed ground of Jerusalem, but in Egypt. As trade blossomed between Christians and Muslims and the Mongol hordes arrived from Asia, a saintly French king and the most remarkable Muslim leader of the Middle Ages fought for ultimate victory in the East. Asbridge also challenges the popular misconception that the medieval crusades sparked a clash of civilisations between Islam and the...

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The Clash of Titans - This week Dr Thomas Asbridge examines the Third Crusade and the two renowned figures who have come to embody Crusader war: Richard the Lionheart, King of England, and the mighty Muslim sultan Saladin, unifier of Islam. Drawing on fascinating eyewitness accounts and contemporary records, Dr Asbridge constructs an insightful and nuanced picture of these men and their fiercely fought struggle for the Holy Land - and the ultimate prize: Jerusalem. (From the UK) (Documentary Se...

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Holy War - In this three-part series, Dr Thomas Asbridge presents his revelatory account of the Crusades, the 200-year war between Christians and Muslims for control of the Holy Land. Episode one traces the epic journey of the first crusaders, as they marched 3,000 miles to recapture Jerusalem from Islam, enduring starvation, disease and bloodthirsty battles to reach their sacred goal, before unleashing a tide of barbaric violence upon their Muslim enemies. (From the UK) (Documentary Series) (P...