In 1095, Pope Urban II launched the First Crusade, calling forth knights and peasants from across Western Europe to march against Muslim Turks in the Byzantine Empire and ultimately “re-conquer” the holy city of Jerusalem. In this lesson, students compare Christian and Muslim perspectives of the First Crusade by analyzing different accounts of the siege of Jerusalem.
[Lesson Plan updated on 5/13/16.]
Image: Photograph of the Al-Aqsa Mosque from 1916. From the World Digital Library.