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The siege of Jerusalem by the First Crusade

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Series:

Der praktische Schulmann

Timeframe:

Mittelalter

Scene of action:

Unknown

Illustrator:

Hoffmann, A.

Publisher:

Der praktische Schulmann, Stuttgart

Year of publication:

1933

Themes:

War    Religion   

The picture shows the siege of Jerusalem (7th to 15th July 1099) during the first crusade. After the destruction of the Church of the Resurrection (1095 A.C.), Byzantines Emperor Alexios I Komnenos was seeking for western support. In response to that, Urban II proclaimed the First crusade to Jerusalem. On the picture you can see a martial depiction of the assault on the city of Jerusalem with siege engines, catapults, siege towers and mobile wooden walls. The troops of the Fatimid governors defend the city.