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Crusades (1995)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary | History | War  -  10 January 1995 (UK)
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Terry Jones presents the history of the medieval religious wars in the middle-east known as the Crusades.

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Anthony Smee ...
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Preacher
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Radulph of Caen / Tancred (as Marcello Maraschalchi)
Robin Sebastian ...
Hugh of France
Kate Binchy ...
Suheil Zakkar ...
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Sean Arnold ...
St. Bernard
Jaromír Borek ...
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Victor Couzyn ...
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William of Tyre
Fikret Isiltan ...
Himself (as Professor Fikret Isiltan)
Christopher Lamb ...
Richard I
Norbert Langer ...
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David Lazenby ...
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In this series, Terry Jones presents the recounting of the religious wars for control of the "Holy Lands" waged by Christian Europe against the Islamic world. In addition, Terry Jones recreates specific aspects of those events by exploring the lives of pivotal figures, the technology and the politics of the era. Furthermore, Terry Jones also shows how these acts of religious bigotry at its worst have led to many of the political and ethnic problems we have today. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Exceptional but it could have used captions.
31 October 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Many viewers might be surprised to see "Monty Python" alumnus Terry Jones doing a historical documentary, but he has made some wonderfully entertaining film in this genre. My favorite of these is "Medieval Lives" and I used portions of this show back when I was teaching World History. "Crusades" is also exceptionally good as it puts a different spin on the significance of these wars. Unlike conventional wisdom, Jones explains in this lengthy four-part series that the end result of the Crusades was the STRENGTHENING of the Muslim world---uniting the various Islamic kingdoms and the creation of a spirit of Jihad that we still feel today.

To provide this history lesson, Jones uses some amazing visuals--with actors dressed like living mosaics. You just have to see and marvel at them to believe them. Additionally, his anachronistic and droll sense of humor makes the film well worth seeing and enjoyable. Worth your time. The only negative is seeing Jones in a Speedo! I could have done without this.


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