Normans on Crusade
The Normans were well known for their piety, and they fought in a number of religious wars. Perhaps one of the most prominent wars that they fought in was the Crusades. The Normans were given their own region in Antioch during the First Crusade. In addition to the Crusades, the Normans were also involved in the Reconquista that occurred in Spain. Normans such as Roger de Tony attempted to set up a state which was separate from the Moors, but he was not successful. However, William of Montreuil captured a large number of treasures during the War of Barbastro in 1064.
Normans were also present at the siege of Amalfi in 1096. Bohemond of Taranto would arrive with his nephew Tancred and a group of Italo-Norman warriors. Bohemond would become the leader of the Crusade as the battles continued into Asia Minor. Bohemond was successful at the Siege of Antioch that occurred in 1097, and he decided to create a principality within the area. His nephew Tancred was responsible for capturing Jerusalem. Once he had Jerusalem, Tancred would expand into the area that was known as Galilee. The Normans fought in a large number of religious wars, and the Crusades were one of the most prominent.
Original Authors: Stephen Palmer
Edit Update Authors: RPN
Updated On: 11/04/2007