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The Crusades: War in the name of God

Thursday, March 6, 2014 · Category Religion · comments 2


Fascinated by history and the Holy land, planning a trip to the Holy land in the footsteps of the crusaders as well as the Bible, I just came across a fantastic new 3 part mini series for BBC.

There aren't too many movies about this period in history. One of the best I have been able to find and appreciate is the movie "Arn: Tempelriddaren", Swedens most expensive film production ever. Although only a review score of 6.6 I do love this romanticized drama due to it's combination of the situation in Medieval Europe (Denmark and Sweden) and the Crusade to the Holy land.

The 3 episodes take about 3 hours of watching and are divided into

The Holy War

The epic journey of the first crusaders marching 3000 miles from Europe to their sacred goal: recapturing the city of Jerusalem from Islam.

The Clash of Titans / The Clash of Civilisations

The second episode offers an examination of the Third Crusade and the two renowned figures who have come to embody Crusader war: Richard the Lionheart, king of England, and the mighty Muslim sultan Saladin (Salahadin). The previosly named Swedish movie "Arn" takes place in the same time. The whole period concentrates around the ultimate price: Jerusalem.

Victory and Defeat

The outcome of these epic holy wars was decided not on the hallowed ground of Jerusalem, but in Egypt. As trade blossomed between Christians and Muslims and the Mongol hordes arrived from Asia, a saintly French king - afire with crusading zeal - and the most remarkable Muslim leader of the Middle Ages fought for ultimate victory in the East.

Part I: The Holy War

Part II: The Clash of Civilisations

Part III: Victory and Defeat


1. by Leidimar about 6 years

Beautiful and poignant work, Michael. His face rdeinms me of Joshua, he has a sad, yet peaceful look about him, almost resigned to the ravages of war. Excellent detailing on Val's chain mail armor and the wrinkles on his cloth, along with the designs on his sword hilt and scabbard. Happiest of Birthdays to your courageous nation and peace to you and all of Israel's citizens.

2. by Jack about 6 years

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