THE FIRST CRUSADE

After centuries of Christian infighting, Pope Urban II made a decision that would echo down the ages, calling for the Princes, Lords and Barons of Europe, to take up arms against the Muslim infidel of the east. After the disastrous People’s Crusade of 1096, the Byzantine Emperor was less than thrilled at the thought of more ‘Franks’ arriving to help but, unlike Peter, the Hermit’s abysmal attempt, the so-called ‘Prince’s Crusade’ would have remarkably different results.

Written by Chris Riley