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Ghosts of the Crusades

Epic Battle

Archaeologists at Jacob's Ford in Israel unearthed a mass grave filled with the skeletons of warriors of a massive battle.

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Ghosts of the Crusades: Epic Battle

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Archaeologists at Jacob's Ford in Israel unearthed a mass grave filled with the skeletons of warriors of a massive battle.

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Ali Farooqui
Ali Farooqui

This is a good episode and its amazing to see how the researchers reconstructed the events and the people who were involved including the injuries that they sustained in battle.  However, I was very disturbed by the way this episode uses words and ideas in a very one-sided way so that the viewer feels that the crusaders were defending their land and fighting with faith and vigor against a butchering bloodthirsty enemy that had no mercy and killed combatants and non-combatants alike. The producers should have presented a more balanced view and also some history on how the crusaders treated their enemies (military and civilians) when they captured castles and towns.  The viewer would then realize that the crusaders were equally as bloodthirsty and regularly butchered all the captured folk in entire cities and towns regardless of whether they fought in the battle or not or even whether they were Muslim or Jewish  A much more balanced account of these times and the conflict can be seen in the excellent movie "The Kingdom of Heaven" by Ridley Scott.