The First Crusade (ALL PARTS)

The First Crusade was one of the most extraordinary, bloody and significant episodes in medieval history. It began with an appeal for aid from the Christian Byzantine Empire, threatened by the rising power of the Muslim Seljuk Turks. But when Pope Urban II preached a sermon at Clermont in 1095, the result was unlike anything ever seen before.

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📚📚Recommended reading on the First Crusade (use affiliate links to Amazon to support the channel):
Campaign: The First Crusade 1096–99
Essential Histories: The Crusades
The Armies of Islam 7th–11th Centuries
The Crusades by Jonathan Riley-Smith
The Crusades: A Very Short Introduction by Chris Tyreman
The First Crusade: The Call From the East by Peter Frankopan

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Negev Desert: Neil Ward via Wikimedia under Creative Commons CC-BY-SA 2.0
Dhow: Xavier Romero-Frias via Wikimedia under Creative Commons CC-BY-SA 3.0

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  1. Old school viewers of Epic History TV will know that we released our First Crusade series all the way back in 2017, but a compilation video seems to be the most popular way to watch a series these days, so here it is! I hope you enjoy our coverage of the extraordinary events of the first and most successful of Crusades – whether it's your first time, repeat viewing, or last time you only got as far as Antioch… Don't forget Patreon is the place to get ad-free early access to all our videos, as well as a say in what we do next..

  2. Hon, no need to tell half-stories anymore .. it's one thousand years old.
    so .. perhaps you can mention that the (Christian + Jew) population of Jerusalem were 70% and 80% of Antioch .. which were all butchered by the crusaders!

  3. It is really confusing that you don't know the name of the country north western the Konstantinopoli. The name is Bulgaria and not Bizantium. Check the information before brainwashing the people! Shame on you!

  4. Let's not forget that Islam had been attacking the "West" for centuries and the Crusades were the culmination of those attacks. Europe feared being overrun by Islamic militancy.

  5. I feel like the music in epic history is half the reason why its so good. It gives me goosebumbs every time

  6. Do you ever describe religious groups other than Christians as "overcome with religious fervor and bloodlust"? If not, is it because those groups do not experience that state of being "overcome with religious fervor and bloodlust"?

  7. My favorite Crusader king is Frederick 2nd of Sicily, HRE, Germany…6th(?) Crusade, Frederick 2nd won Jerusalem without spilling one drop of blood.
    Also Frederick established the first university in Europe (Southern Italy).
    Wrote the definitive book on Falconry still in use today.

  8. "I'm afraid I'll go to hell due to the violent life I've been living, so I will go forth and do more violence and I won't go to hell". We humans are special…….

  9. I never really understand how the Byzantine can have ''1 crushing defeat'' and suddenly lose entire Anatolia. Are there not thousands of cities with garrisons and defences ? xd

  10. you could have talked about the extended massacres and canibalism that crusade pillagers committed in all of Levant's countryside, specially after Maarat, where the people ate many citizens and soldiers out of lack of supplies and starvation

  11. Byzantines should backed up the Crusaders at Antioch when they had the chance. That's what eventually led up to the 1204 disaster.

  12. Excellent! I loved the narrative, the content, the images. Superb job. Thank you very much. Muito obrigado do Brasil.

  13. Nobody:

    Absolutely Nobody:

    Germans when someone mentions war within a thousand-mile radius: “So anyway I started blasting Jews”


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