Alexius I Comnenus and the Crusaders

The first army to arrive in Constantinople was that commanded by Godfrey of Bouillon. They arrived on the shores of Constantinople in December 1097, just weeks before Christmas. Alexius I Comnenus was prepared to meet this second army of Franks, but in no way was he looking forward to it. The annihilation of the people's... Continue Reading →

English Contributions to the Crusades

This is another guest article by Author Helena Schrader. When we look back on the Crusades, we are more likely to think of the French, who dominated the Christian crusader kingdoms in “Outremer,” than the English. Alternatively, we might think of the Germans, who contributed huge contingents of troops to the First, Second, Third, and... Continue Reading →

Peter the Hermit: Charismatic Preacher

Everyone who filled the field in Clermont on that crisp day in late November vowed to save Byzantium and restore Jerusalem to Christian rule. But how, in a time when there was no such thing as TV, computers, internet or printing press, and no advocacy for mass literacy, did Urban's cry for Holy War travel... Continue Reading →

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