The crusades were a series of religious wars between christians and muslims over control of holy sites in the middle east in all eight major crusade expeditions occurred between 1096 and 1291 ad discover all the facts about the crusades and the knights templar on historycom. As a crusade historian i found the tranquil solitude of the ivory tower shattered by journalists editors and talk show hosts on tight deadlines eager to get the real scoop what were the crusades they asked. From 1096 to 1270 there were eight major crusades and two childrens crusades both in the year 1212 only the first and third crusades were successful in the long history of the crusades thousands of knights soldiers merchants and peasants lost their lives on the march or in battle. The crusades a history is the definitive account of a key topic in medieval and religious history jonathan riley smith a world authority on the subject explores the organisation of a crusade the experience of crusading and the crusaders themselves producing a textbook that is as accessible as it is comprehensive
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