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- Season 1 Episode 3: Victory and Defeat
Dr Thomas Asbridge explores how the military confrontation between Christians and Muslims concluded in the 13th century, and visits France to find out more about Crusade leader King Louis IX, who saw his hopes of achieving victory ebb away on the shores of the River Nile in Egypt. The programme also examines the crucial role played in the final outcome by a blue-eyed Muslim warrior called Baybars
- Season 1 Episode 2: The Clash of Titans
Dr Thomas Asbridge uses fresh research and contemporary accounts to explore the personalities of Richard the Lionheart and his adversary Saladin, who led the Christian and Muslim forces respectively during the Third Crusade in the 12th century. He examines how both men were capable of dark deeds - as well as acts of military genius - and why the Crusaders' hopes of recapturing Jerusalem were dashed
- Season 1 Episode 1: Holy Land
Author Dr Thomas Asbridge uses fresh research and contemporary accounts to re-examine the military confrontations in the Holy Land between Christians and Muslims that started in the 11th century and ended in 1291 with the loss of Acre. He begins by tracing the epic journey of the first Crusaders as they marched 3,000 miles from Europe to recapture the city of Jerusalem from Islam, enduring starvation, disease and bloodthirsty battle to reach their goal
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