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Pests That Changed History
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From the rats that unleashed the Black Plague on 14th-century Europe to the mosquitoes that continue to infect millions with malaria each year, these pesky creatures have played a decisive role in shaping human history.
Roots of the Crusades
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Crusaders were absolved of sin and promised eternal salvation for fighting the Catholic Church's holy war.
The CrusadesVideo Clip (3:08)
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While the Crusades were not a definitive military success, they helped to bring about the end of the Dark Ages in Europe.
Coroner's Report: Plague
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In the 14th century, a devastating plague known as the Black Death claimed an estimated 75 million lives. How did the people who contracted it know their luck had run out?
Duke Godfrey Leads the First Crusade
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Duke Godfrey was crowned King of Jerusalem after the Christian army expelled the Muslims from the Holy Land.
Origins of the Knights Templar
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The Knights Templar trace their origins to the Crusades.
King Louis VII Leads the Second Crusade
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King Louis VIII of France leads the Second Crusade to the Holy Land but fails to overcome Muslim opposition.
Richard the Lionheart
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Richard I of England leads the forces of the Third Crusade in a bid to reclaim Jerusalem.
SaladinVideo Clip (3:20)
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Saladin united Muslim sects against occupying Christian forces during the Crusades.
Fall of Jerusalem
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In July 1099, Crusaders lay siege to the Holy City of Jerusalem and attempt to expel its Muslim defenders.
Search for the Holy Lance
Search for the Holy LanceVideo Clip (3:10)
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During the First Crusade, Christians seek relics like the Holy Lance as symbols that their cause is righteous.
Birth of the Assassins
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Al Salih, heir to the Turkish throne, sends a group known as the Assassins to murder his rival Saladin.
Who Was Robin Hood?
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Is the legend of Robin Hood and his merry men just a myth, or did the outlaw of Nottingham really exist?
Weapons of the Middle Ages
Weapons of the Middle AgesVideo Clip (2:57)
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The middle class provided the foot soldiers of the Middle Ages, and these were their weapons.
Robin Hood and the Longbow
Robin Hood and the LongbowVideo Clip (2:58)
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The bow and arrow has been used since ancient times, but its precision was perfected in the forests of Middle Ages England.
Knights Templar Defend Holy Land
Knights Templar Defend Holy LandVideo Clip (1:59)
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The Knights Templar built fortified palaces to defend the holy land.
Cities of the Underworld 3: Apocalypse: Templar Castles
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Don Wildman enters an underground fortress that spans 3 square miles beneath the city of Akko.
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