The Crusades
Bloody and brutal, the Crusades were meant to be the religious wars to end all others. Except they didn’t, and in modern times, their history has been hijacked by politics and religious fervour, with both Muslim and Western worlds misunderstanding the truth. In this three-part series, historian Dr. Thomas Asbridge sifts through new theories and evidence to find out what really happened eight centuries ago. Telling the story of this epic struggle from the perspective of both Christians and Muslims, new light is shed on long-disputed events such as the Christian victory of Antioch and the bloody siege of Jerusalem, while archaeological discoveries reveal the brutal ferocity of medieval warfare. The series also takes a fresh look at the legendary figures of Saladin and Richard the Lionheart, using personal letters and eyewitness accounts to reveal the real men behind the myths.
Episodes
Ep 1
Holy War
Watch June 12, 8:00pm
Ep 2
The Clash of the Titans
Watch June 19, 8:00pm
Ep 3
Victory and Defeat
Watch June 26, 8:00pm
Holy War
Dr. Thomas Asbridge re-examines the story of the Crusades. In this episode, he traces the epic journey of the first crusaders as they marched from Europe to recapture the city of Jerusalem. (1 of 3)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Mon Jun 12, 8:00pm
Sun Jun 18, 5:00pm
The Clash of the Titans
Dr. Thomas Asbridge offers an examination of the Third Crusade and the two figures who have come to embody the Crusades: Richard the Lionheart and the Muslim Sultan Saladin. (2 of 3)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Mon Jun 19, 8:00pm
Sun Jun 25, 5:00pm
Victory and Defeat
Dr. Thomas Asbridge reveals how the outcome of the holy wars was decided in Egypt. (3 of 3)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Mon Jun 26, 8:00pm
Sun Jul 2, 5:00pm