The Crusades were a sequence of holy wars by European Christians to recapture the Holy Lands from the Muslims. The Crusades started in 1096 and ended near the end of the 13th century. The name Crusade was originally applied to European efforts to gain control of Jerusalem, which was a sacred site for Christians as the location of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Thousands of men, women and even children, ranging from knights to peasants, marched in the Crusades. Many religious military orders blended spiritual ideas with concepts of knighthood and chivalry patterned on monasticism. The most well-known groups were the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, or Hospitalers, and the Poor Knights of Christ and the Temple of Solomon, called the Templars. These knightly orders of Crusaders attempted to negotiate between the Churchs concerns and the interests of various rulers. The Templar knights and Hospitaler knights started to gain fame and assistance as they earned revenue. They spread the politics of Western Europe, constructed and secured castles, and sat on the councils of princes. Join us at Medieval Collectables and find your Crusader apparel, Crusader weapons, knightly armour, Templar shields, and many other collectibles from this historical period!