The Crusaders' Lost Fort

About the Show

In 1178 Christians and Muslims were on the brink of total war. The blood-drenched conquest of Jerusalem by the First Crusaders had enraged Islam, and their Kurdish warlord Saladin. This clash of titans is one of the great untold battle stories of the period, with the Muslim attackers laying siege to the super-fort of Jacob's Ford. The finest castle of its age, Baldwin's aim was to create an impregnable fortress harnessing cutting edge military technology, but his dream of security was shattered by Saladin's ferocious attack, leaving his fortunes in tatters and his kingdom on the brink of annihilation. Timewatch brings together leading scholars, archaeologists and anthropologists to piece together the story behind this bloody 12th Century battle.