Monthly Archives: April 2017

War gear of the First Crusade

When the organized Princes’ Crusade armies set out, they had the best standard weaponry of the time. So what did the average soldier carry? The most important weapon of the era was the spear, whether it was a throwing lance … Continue reading

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1095: Meanwhile in Egypt…

The year before Pope Urban II called for the first Crusade in Clermont, Egypt experienced two important deaths that led to another split in the Shi’ite world. Caliph al-Mustansir ruled for sixty years in Cairo, starting when he was only … Continue reading

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