The Crusaders conquered Jerusalem on July 4, 1099. In celebration of the event, they took all of the Jews in Jerusalem (estimates vary from 900-3,000), gathered them in all the main synagogues and burned them down, thereby destroying the Jewish population in Jerusalem. (article from Jewish History website)
The First Crusade
The major watershed of Jewish history in the medieval world is the First Crusade. The Crusades changed all of Jewish life in Europe. It changed the attitude of Christians towards Jews and Jews toward Christians… and even Jews towards Jews.
In the year 1054, there was a major split in the Christian world between the Church of Rome and the Eastern Orthodox Church, which was then centered in what is called today Istanbul, or then Byzantium, the famous city at the Straits of Bosporus and the Dardanelles.
The Greek Orthodox Church had always been a separate Church from…
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