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On the last Tuesday of November 1095, Pope Urban II delivered an
electrifying speech that launched the First Crusade. His words set
Christendom afire. Some 100,000 men, from knights to paupers, took up
the call--the largest mobilization of manpower since the fall of the
Roman Empire.
Now, in The First Crusade, Thomas Asbridge
offers a gripping account of a titanic three-year adventure filled with
miraculous victories, greedy princes and barbarity on a vast scale.
Readers follow the crusaders from their mobilization in Europe (where
great waves of anti-Semitism resulted in the deaths of thousands of
Jews), to their arrival in Constantinople, an exotic, opulent city--ten
times the size of any city in Europe--that bedazzled the Europeans.
Featured in vivid detail are the siege of Nicaea and the pivotal battle
for Antioch, the single most important military engagement of the entire
expedition, where the crusaders, in desperate straits, routed a larger
and better-equipped Muslim army. Through all this, the crusaders were
driven on by intense religious devotion, convinced that their struggle
would earn them the reward of eternal paradise in Heaven. But when a
hardened core finally reached Jerusalem in 1099 they unleashed an unholy
wave of brutality, slaughtering thousands of Muslims--men, women, and
children--all in the name of Christianity.
The First Crusade marked a
watershed in relations between Islam and the West, a conflict that set
these two world religions on a course toward deep-seated animosity and
enduring enmity. The chilling reverberations of this earth-shattering
clash still echo in the world today.

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