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THE CRUSADES: CRESCENT & THE CROSS presents the epic battle between two Middle Age superpowers: the Christian Crusaders and the Muslims. Fought over two centuries, the conflict decided the fate of the Holy Land of the Middle East. Only a tiny strip of land, just a few hundred miles long, it contained the ultimate prize, the city of Jerusalem. The documentary is driven by the key personalities of the First, Second and Third Crusades, the popes, kings, sultans and knights who, in the name of God, ruthlessly fought for land and power. Experience the murder, treachery, and bloodshed of this legendary chapter of history throuth the eyes of key historical figures such as Richard the Lionheart and Saladin, King Louis VII and Nur al-Din. With breath-taking CGI-enhanced visuals, heart-pounding reenactments, and stunning footage from rarely-seen locations THE CRUSADES: CRESCENT & THE CROSS brings the first three Crusades alive for a new generation in conflict.

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Series 1 - Episode 2 - The Second and Third Crusades
Aired - 28 March 2006

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In 1044, a Muslim empire begins to emerge as separate Muslim city-states unites to fight the Christians. After they defeat the Christians at Edessa in 1144, the Pope calls for a Second Crusade. It ends in failure for the Christians. The power of the Muslims is extended by Saladin and the Muslim recapture Jerusalem in 1187. The Third Crusade begins two years later as Richard the Lionheart wins some victories, but ultimately in 1192, decided he doesn't' have the strength to retake and control Jerusalem. The Third Crusade ends.

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