Towards the end of the eleventh century, Pope Urban II announces a crusade against the Saracens, who have occupied the holy city of Jerusalem. Three young friends # Richard, Peter and ...
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Towards the end of the eleventh century, Pope Urban II announces a crusade against the Saracens, who have occupied the holy city of Jerusalem. Three young friends # Richard, Peter and Andrew # set off to join the crusading army. The three friends come from very different backgrounds: Andrew is a shepherd; Peter is a poor bell founder, and the illegitimate son of a Christian woman and a Saracen man; and Richard is the deeply religious son of Baron William of Aurocastro, who was murdered by his rival brother Corrado. The violent methods used by the crusaders soon cause the three friends to fall out with each other, and after a bloody attack on a Jewish monastery, they go their separate ways: Andrew remains with the crusaders, while Peter and Richard accompany the attractive Jewess Rachel # whose teacher, a rabbi, was killed in the raid # to Jerusalem. Andrew is very reluctant to see Rachel go, having # like Peter # fallen in love with her at first sight. In Jerusalem the situation is ...Written by
There was a near-total lunar eclipse on 4 August 1099 that would have been visible from Jerusalem, but it took place after the capture of the city by the Crusaders in July 1099, not before as shown in the movie. See more »
Historical and personal events are blended to a monumental movie.
This movie show the historical background of the Christian warfare in the early middleage. It takes the audience also to a setting of personal views of the different characters and blends love, personal rivalry and religious ambitions to a exciting movie. The characters are authentic in their behaviour and expression. The costumes and the requisites of the movie are authentic. It has something of Nathan the Wise because it shows in my opinion that all three religions of Christianity, Islam and judaism have the same background and a relationship. All three religions have holly relics that there are protecting. I would say that the battle of the friends shows also a battle of the three religions.
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