The First Crusade as a Naval Enterprise

By John France, published November 1997

Abstract

Maritime aspects of the First Crusade have been sparingly reported, but were crucial to its progress. Friendly fleets captured two ports before the crusade reached the east. Supplies reached the crusaders via Byzantine controlled Cyprus and the fastest communication with the west was by sea. Ships came from Genoa and Pisa with lesser contributions from Venice, Flanders and England. However the greatest support came from Byzantium although this was under-reported by western chroniclers.

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Filed under: Early Middle Ages | Mediterranean
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

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