By Peter Frankopan
According to culture, the 1st campaign started on the instigation of Pope city II and culminated in July 1099, while millions of western ecu knights liberated Jerusalem from the emerging risk of Islam. yet what if the 1st Crusade’s actual catalyst lay a long way to the east of Rome? during this groundbreaking ebook, countering approximately a millennium of scholarship, Peter Frankopan unearths the untold historical past of the 1st Crusade.
approximately all historians of the 1st campaign specialize in the papacy and its prepared warriors within the West, besides innumerable well known stories of bravery, tragedy, and resilience. In sharp distinction, Frankopan examines occasions from the East, particularly from Constantinople, seat of the Christian Byzantine Empire. the result's revelatory. the real instigator of the 1st campaign, we see, was once the Emperor Alexios I Komnenos, who in 1095, together with his realm less than siege from the Turks and near to cave in, begged the pope for army support.
Basing his account on long-ignored jap resources, Frankopan additionally supplies a provocative and hugely unique rationalization of the world-changing occasions that the 1st campaign. The Vatican’s victory cemented papal strength, whereas Constantinople, the center of the still-vital Byzantine Empire, by no means recovered. for this reason, either Alexios and Byzantium have been consigned to the margins of historical past. From Frankopan’s progressive paintings, we achieve a extra trustworthy realizing of how the taking of Jerusalem set the level for western Europe’s dominance as much as the current day and formed the fashionable world.