April 15, 2012
A Byzantine Plot
In 1096, tens of thousands of Christians set out from Western Europe to oust Muslim overlords from Jerusalem, 2,000 miles away.
By 1099, against almighty odds, the crusaders took the city by slaughter. Only one crusader in 10 reached Jerusalem; three or four in 10 died trying.
Few historical events have inspired more research than that First Crusade. But in The First Crusade: The Call From the East, just out from Harvard University Press (and published in