“The First Crusade, 1098” Saladin And The Crusades, from Lane-Poole: Part I, Chapter II

Excerpt from Chapter II: The general tendency of the original settlers of the First Crusade was undoubtedly towards amicable relations with their Moslem neighbors. …The early Crusaders, after thirty years’ residence in  Syria, had become very much assimilated in character and habits to the people whom they had partly conquered, among whom they lived, and whose daughters they did not disdain to marry; …The Mohammedans, on their side, were scarcely less tolerant; they could hardly approve of marriage with the “polytheists,” as they called the Trinitarians; but they were quite ready to work for them and take their pay, and many a Moslem ruler found it convenient to form alliances with the Franks even against his Mohammedan neighbors.”

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Illustration – The Storming of Antioch, 1098:


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The Storming of Antioch 1098- from a painted window, St. Denys, 12th Century

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Illustration – The Taking of Jerusalem in the First Crusade:


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The Taking of Jerusalem - from a painted window at St. Denys, 12th Century



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Illustration – Crusaders Pursuing Seljuks:


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Crusaders Pursuing Seljuks - from a painted window at St. Denys, 12th Century

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