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How Did They Do That?

The brutal Crusade in the Holy Land in 1099 required a lot of manpower and technology



A siege could last for months, so the Crusaders had to keep themselves stocked up. Craftsmen worked quickly to replace weapons that were lost or broken, at a safe distance from the front lines. Meanwhile, ships from Genoa brought supplies to Jaffa, and the ships themselves were disassembled for timber.

The holy city of Jerusalem has been a focal point for conflict for millennia. In the First Crusade, Christian invaders from Europe (on the orders of Rome) went to the Middle East to remove its Muslim rulers and reinstate the dominance of Christianity in the region. Jerusalem, the site of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, was particularly crucial. In 1099, led by Godfrey of Bouillon, the Crusaders succeeded in taking it after over a month of sieging.

Godfrey of Bouillon gives thanks to God after the capture of the city
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Inside, Tudor historian Alison Weir uncovers one of the most "grievous miscarriages of justice" in English history, we find out why the Vietnam War was doomed from the start, and explore the secret life of Albert Einstein, from his rebellious childhood to his scandalous affair.