The Siege of Jerusalem in 1099: The History and Legacy of the Climactic Battle of the First Crusade Charles River Editors

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The Siege of Jerusalem in 1099: The History and Legacy of the Climactic Battle of the First Crusade by Charles River Editors
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*Includes pictures*Includes medieval accounts of the siege and the First Crusade*Includes a bibliography for further reading*Includes a table of contents“I, or rather the Lord, beseech you as Christs heralds to publish this everywhere and toMore*Includes pictures*Includes medieval accounts of the siege and the First Crusade*Includes a bibliography for further reading*Includes a table of contents“I, or rather the Lord, beseech you as Christs heralds to publish this everywhere and to [persuade] all people of whatever rank, foot-soldiers and knights, poor and rich, to carry aid promptly to those Christians and to destroy that vile race from the lands of our friends.

I say this to those who are present, it is meant also for those who are absent. Moreover, Christ commands it.” – Pope Urban II, 1095Of the many campaigns during the Middle Ages, few are as remarkable or seemingly impossible to win at the start as the First Crusade (1095-99), and the true crowning achievement of that crusade, which resulted in two centuries of Western European Christian states in the Middle East and the permanent firing of the European imagination, was the conquest of Jerusalem on July 15, 1099 after three weeks of siege.

That victorious siege came four years after the call for a crusade first went out, and had the Crusaders not taken Jerusalem, the First Crusade would not likely have been followed by any more and the campaign might have been no more than an historical footnote of what could have been.As it turned out, the siege of Jerusalem and the crusade as a whole says much about the first major clash of Western and Eastern military tactics after the fall of the Roman Empire, as well as the power of faith and even fanaticism to motivate people beyond ordinary human endurance.

For better and worse, the siege and fall of Jerusalem to the Crusaders has become a fundamental piece in the current view of the West in that part of the world. Indeed, to this day, the First Crusade remains a polarizing event, even among modern historians. For some, the Crusaders were heroes and saints, and for others they were devils who disrupted the peaceful local sects of Muslims, Jews, and Christians, establishing an alien colony that heralded modern European imperialism.

In fact, the First Crusade is a good example of why it is unwise to choose sides in history, because neither side was correct and the situation was highly complex.Though it went largely unremarked in the Islamic world at the time, the First Crusade has since become a contentious symbol of European imperialism in the Middle East. Debate over whether the Crusades can truly be perceived as an early example of European colonialism continues in medieval historiography, though the evidence for this is thin.

The territory taken by the Franks from the Turks had previously belonged to Eastern Christians and had only recently been seized by the Turks themselves. The Crusader States were relatively small and weak, and they were reconquered centuries before modern European colonialism began. The Crusaders themselves saw it as a holy war of reclamation of previously lost (albeit almost-mythical) territory.

To them, the Muslims were the first aggressors, and they were somewhat bolstered in this view by the support that they largely held from local Christians.The Siege of Jerusalem in 1099 traces the history and legacy of the decisive campaign of the First Crusade. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the siege of Jerusalem like never before, in no time at all.



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