The First Crusade: A Beginning in 1095

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  1. July 29, 2016

    […] The First Crusade set the course for the relationship between Christians and Muslims for the following two centuries. Yet, we have few sources on these expeditions as they are heavily one-sided. Much of what is known of the First Crusade comes from Christian sources, as the Muslim chroniclers did not understand the expedition. Indeed, it was an event that the Muslims did not understand. They did not grasp the religious zeal of the invading army. Afterwards, it led to the establishment of the crusader states: the Principality of Antioch, the County of Edessa, the County of Tripoli and the Kingdom of Jerusalem. Much can been learnt from Christian and Muslim sources regarding the period of cohabitation between 1095 and 1291. Historians are now starting to utilise a new set of sources, mainly from the Islamic world to gain a more holistic understanding of the Crusades. […]

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