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Tagged With: crusaders

Baldwin’s Captivity and Escape

Baldwin II did not move himself and his family to Antioch, though he assumed control over the principality after the crusaders’ near annihilation at the Field of Blood. In 1120 and again in 1122, he led his army through the territory in outer-Orontes, intimidating the Turkish raiders into retreat from the region. However, no sooner … Continue reading »

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Birth of a New Religious Order: The Knights Templar

The conquest of Jerusalem in July 1099 and the founding of the crusader states of Tripoli, Antioch and Edessa connected Europe to the new Christian kingdom in the Middle East. Until the fall of Acre in 1291, Europeans flocked to the Kingdom of Jerusalem to see the very sites where Christ had walked, and to … Continue reading »

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Inspiration for God’s Kingdom

God’s Kingdom is a novel set in the 12th century. It follows the story of Johannes and Wilfred’s adventures in the Holy Land. German baron, Johannes and his adopted son, Wilfred, mortgage their inheritance in Saarburg, Germany off to Johannes’s younger brother, Balderic, the Bishop of Cologne which finances their journey to the Holy Land. Their desire is to … Continue reading »

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Raymond’s Quest for Land and Wealth in the Holy Land

The crusaders’ possession of Jerusalem was secure, but their possession of Palestine was far from realized. The Egyptian navy still patrolled the Palestinian coastline and controlled all of the key ports. Moreover, coastal cities and villages – including Ascalon – were still Muslim held. Having rushed down the Palestinian coastline and over the plains to … Continue reading »

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Victory Near Ascalon

Sometime in late July or early August 1099, Godfrey received news that Al-Afdal had finally assembled an army and was marching on Jerusalem by way of Ascalon. The Egyptian Sultan had intended to capture Ascalon* first and then use the city as a spring board for which to invade Jerusalem. Half of Al-Afdal’s army marched … Continue reading »

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Siege of Jerusalem in 1099: Savage Massacre or Typical Post-Siege Violence?

  After spending two years fighting the Muslims, reconquering land for the Byzantines; faced with starvation, disease and near annihilation, the crusaders finally accomplished what they had set out to do; what their pope had urged them to do. Jerusalem was restored to Christian rule once again. Certainly not on peaceful terms though. Maddened by … Continue reading »

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Writer Guidelines for Crusades and Crusaders

When I first started this blog, two weeks ago, I listed my goals for this blog of what I plan to accomplish in terms of writing and research. If you haven’t already read my very first, introductory post, you’re welcome to read it here. I realize that the Crusades is a very sensitive issue on … Continue reading »

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The Crusades: Why They Happened

Welcome to Crusades and Crusaders! I’ve wanted for so long to travel to the Middle East and visit all the great castles built by the Crusaders in the 12th century, particularly the Crac des Chevaliers. The Crac des Chevaliers, a mighty fortress built by the Knights Hospitaller between 1142 until 1272, was ardently defended by … Continue reading »

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