The Crusades

Fuelled by religious belief, the Crusades of the Middle Ages generated a bitter legacy that has cast a long shadow on relations between Christianity and Islam up to the present day.

By the close of the eleventh century, Jerusalem had been in Muslim hands for over four hundred years, but in 1095 Pope Urban II launched an unprecedented military campaign to seize it back – a ‘Crusade’ to purge the Holy Land of ‘the infidel’.

Over sixty thousand Christian warriors would journey three thousand miles and for almost three years to reclaim the Holy City in the name of God.  In a series of epic battles and bloody massacres, tens of thousands would die as the crusaders inched ever closer towards Jerusalem.

This was the clash of the Crescent and the Cross.

Production Information

Broadcaster: History Channel

TX Date: November 2001

Format: 2 x 60

Website: History Channel - Crusades

Executive Producer(s):

Richard Bradley


A brilliant two part documentary...The Crusades: Crescent and Cross has it all

Los Angeles Times

Wonderfully performed re-enactments... Interesting stuff that should be mandatory viewing for school kids

New York Post

Impressive two part documentary...Truly informative and highly accessible

The New York Times