Shock Victory and Power Vacuum
In this podcast Professor Riley-Smith looks at the epic nature of the First Crusade and how the crusade proceeded across Europe and Asia Minor.
The epic nature of the First Crusade: How the crusade proceeded.
An Unwilling Emperor: The Byzantine Emperor refuses to go further and the subsequent dash for Jerusalem.
Shock victory by an army of volunteers organised by committee.
Power vacuum in the East: the fragmentation of the Seljuk and Fatimid Empires.
Miracle Victory: The penitential war justified.