Sunday, April 28, 2013
The Principality of Antioch
In 1096 "The First Crusade" set out from Europe with the idea of regaining the "Holy City of Jerusalem," from Islamic control. By 1099, this aim had expanded into the capture of Jerusalem and Palestine closely followed by the creation of the so-called, "Crusader States" across the region in what are now parts of Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Isreal, Palestine, and Jordan. The "Warrior Elite" of these four Crusader States of Edessa, Antioch, Tripoli, and Jerusalem had to build ever more formidable castle walls to defend these territories after 1109.