Post image for The Country Of Edessa, Formed After The First Crusades, Lasted Only 50 Years.

    The Crusades were of course a series of Christian invasions of Muslim held lands in the Levant. All of the Crusades were called upon by the Roman Catholic Church and the purpose was to replevin Jerusalem for the Christian faith. The Seljuk Turks held the area tightly since 638 in the Rashidun Caliphate. […]



The Unintended Consequences of Conquest.

by Daniel Russ on February 12, 2014

      When the Romans were building out permanent roads, connecting the kingdoms under their purview around the Mediterranean, Christianity was rising and supplanting and threatening Roman hegemony. Rome was expanding as fast as it was changing. And not everything the Romans transported came with legionnaires. Rome was the worlds biggest buyer of foreign […]



It’s Good To Be King, It’s Even Better To Have A Castle

March 20, 2010

The Spanish Reconquista was a trend that took 400 years to play out, and everything we know about people could have predicted the outcome. After having swarmed the North African coast-line and the Mideast, the Muslim expansion that began in the tenth century AD created a backlash, one that brought huge Spanish cavalry and knight […]

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The Battle of Hattin, July 3rd- 4th, 1187 AD.

July 25, 2009

The loss of the Battle of Hattin was the beginning of the end of the hold the Crusaders would have in the Holy Land. By the end of 1187, Salahudin had reduced Crusaders strong holds to only a hand full.

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