Sep 29, 2020
Today we embark down a very ignoble road and consider a few of the most dismal failures in history.
We begin with a big one -- something that failed spectacularly, at a very high cost, creating misery and infamy in its wake: The People's Crusade of 1095-6!
Index of this episode, in case you want to skip to the juicy parts:
0:00 Intro: The Three Poisons
5:20 Why and When the Crusades? Intro to Crusading, Pilgrims; The Houses of Abbas, Fatimids, and Seljuks; Pope Urban II and Alexius I Komnenos.
25:57 The Council of Clermont and Urban's Call to Arms
30:31 Peter the Hermit Inflames the Yokels
33:48 What was the People's Crusade?
34:20 Walter sans Avoir Sets Off for Glory
37:32 The Vicious Little Count and His Holy Goose Crusaders
46:15 Peter the Hermit Storms Anatolia
56:09 Cost:Benefit Analysis of the People's Crusade, or What Does it Take to Be One of the Dumbest Things in History?