16 February 2015

The First Victims of the First Crusade

The First Victims of the First Crusade (New York Times, 13 February 2015)
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Excerpts:
THE first victims of the First Crusade, inspired in 1096 by the supposedly sacred mission of retaking Jerusalem from Muslims, were European Jews. Anyone who considers it religiously and politically transgressive to compare the behavior of medieval Christian soldiers to modern Islamic terrorism might find it enlightening to read this bloody story, as told in both Hebrew and Christian chronicles. The message from the medieval past is that religious violence seldom limits itself to one target and expands to reach the maximum number of available victims.
Link: The First Victims of the First Crusade

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