According to tradition, the First Crusade began at the
instigation of Pope Urban II and culminated in July 1099, when
thousands of western European knights liberated Jerusalem from
the rising menace of Islam. But what if the First Crusade’s real
catalyst lay far to the east of Rome? In this groundbreaking
book, countering nearly a millennium of scholarship, Peter
Frankopan reveals the untold history of the First Crusade.
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