domingo, 4 de mayo de 2014

Extensive listening: The Crusades

In early 2012 BBC Two aired a three-part documentary presented by Dr Thomas Asbridge about the Crusades, the 200-year war between Christians and Muslims for control of the Holy Land.This is the way the BBC introduced the series:

"The story of the Crusades is remembered as a tale of religious fanaticism and unspeakable violence, but now fresh research, eyewitness testimony, and contemporary evidence from both the Christian and Islamic worlds shed new light on how these two great religions waged war in the name of God.

Episode one traces the epic journey of the first crusaders, as they marched 3,000 miles from Europe to recapture the city of Jerusalem from Islam, enduring starvation, disease and bloodthirsty battle to reach their sacred goal, and then unleashed an appalling tide of barbaric violence upon their Muslim enemies. Yet far from being the invincible holy warriors of legend, Dr Asbridge reveals that these crusaders actually considered surrender in the midst of their titanic expedition."

You can read the transcript for the first ten minutes of the documentary here.