FUN WITH MAPS – ISSUE 2022-102 DAILY FEATURE:

By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (June 7, 2022) – In Issue 2022-102 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we learn about the Christian Crusades.

THE KINGDOM OF JERUSALEM IS FORMED

On June 7, 1099, the Crusaders began the Siege of Jerusalem, finally reaching their ultimate destination in the fight to take the Holy Land back from Turkish rule.  The battle lasted until July 15 when victory was declared, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre was once again in Christian hands.

In an effort to thwart the invaders, the Turks had poisoned all the wells around the walled city and cut down all the trees so that the Crusaders wouldn’t be able to make any weapons or build ladders to scale the walls.

Despite the defensive ploys, the Crusaders were aided by the arrival of English and Genoese ships carrying the needed supplies.

The Crusades were part of the many religious skirmishes for control of the city which provides a significant place of worship for Christians, Muslims, and Jews alike.

Here is a view of Jerusalem from 1595 by Florimi.

Jerusalem by Florimi from 1595 (Credeit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

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