EWTN To Air ‘The Crusades:’ A Timely & Important Mini-Series!

Crusades Muslim warriorsWhen EWTN decided to produce a new docu-drama on the Crusades two years ago, most Americans had never heard of ISIS; no journalists had been beheaded in Iraq; and no Christian women and girls had been abducted or enslaved. Yet the Lord, with His perfect timing, knew that a mini-series on “The Crusades” needed to be ready to air in October – and so it is. (The mini-series airs 10 p.m. ET from Wednesday, Oct. 8 through Saturday, Oct. 11.)

You’ve heard the tales, now learn the truth concerning the church’s role in the Crusades and its efforts to restore the Holy Land to a place of safety for Catholic pilgrims. This powerful four-part series, shot on location in seven countries, gives viewers a well-rounded understanding of an important historical event, which has repercussions in our own time.

Christian Crusaders pray before battle in this scene from EWTN's new four-part docu-drama, "The Crusades." Airs 10 p.m. ET from Wednesday, Oct. 8 through Saturday, Oct. 11 on EWTN, www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

Christian Crusaders pray before battle in this scene from EWTN’s new four-part docu-drama, “The Crusades.” Airs 10 p.m. ET from Wednesday, Oct. 8 through Saturday, Oct. 11 on EWTN, http://www.ewtn.com/channelfinder.

Each episode features original dramatizations, an original musical soundtrack recorded in Europe, and three pre-eminent, world-renowned Crusader scholars, together for the first time! They include Professor Jonathan Phillips, Professor of Crusading History at the University of London; Professor Jonathan Riley-Smith of Cambridge University, widely regarded as Britain’s leading historian on the Crusades; and Professor Thomas F. Madden, chair of the Department of History at St. Louis University, a widely recognized expert not only on the Crusades, but on Christian-Muslim conflict.

Viewers will also enjoy the many locales in which the series was shot: Istanbul; Turkey; Israel, including Jerusalem; France, Austria, England, Spain and Slovakia.Crusades Hospitaller nunsThe mini-series is preceded by what is sure to be a fascinating “EWTN Live,” featuring our own Middle Eastern Scholar Father Mitch Pacwa interviewing “The Crusades” Writer, Producer and Host Stefano Mazzeo and Professor Madden, author of “A Concise History of the Crusades,” and a number of other widely acclaimed books on this topic. (Airs 8 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Oct. 8.)

Here’s an overview of a fascinating – and timely – series:

  • Episode 1: A look at the history and reasons for the Crusades, which were originally known as “armed pilgrimages” because they sought to protect pilgrims visiting the Holy Land against Muslim conquerors.
  • Episode 2: A look at the Crusader States, which were set up by the Crusader hierarchy after the miraculous success of the First Crusade; the formation of Military Orders such as the Knights Templars; the re-conquest of the Iberian Peninsula, as well as the rise of Sultan Saladin and his conquest of Jerusalem.Crusades St Francis preaches to Al-KamilEpisode 3: A look at the Third Crusade, which was led by King Richard the Lionheart of England, King Philip of France and German Emperor Fredrick Barbarossa; the famous meeting between St. Francis of Assisi and Sultan Al-Kamil; and the role that devotion to the Apostle James and the Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela played in Crusader successes.
  • Episode 4: A look at the failures and successes of the Crusades and their legacy, including the role of St. Louis IX, the rise of the Ottoman Empire; the epic Battle of Lepanto, a turning point in the war, and a triumph of faith; the final Christian victory in the Iberian Peninsula, and the loss of the Holy Land, in particular, Jerusalem.
  • Crusades Salijuck Turk attacksFinally, don’t miss another EWTN special on this subject airing the same week! “Franciscan University Presents Myths About the Crusades,” airs at 10 p.m. ET, Sunday, Oct. 5 and 5 a.m. ET, Thursday, Oct. 9, and features Dr. Paul Crawford, professor of medieval history at California University Of Pennsylvania.

If you are at all concerned about world affairs, you will not want to miss this important series. We suggest you mount a Crusade to get your family and friends to watch this important week of programming on EWTN!

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47 Responses to EWTN To Air ‘The Crusades:’ A Timely & Important Mini-Series!

  1. John says:

    I meant to say that it’s too bad it WASN’T repeated after the first airing!

    • mjohnsonewtn says:

      John, if you missed the first airing, you can see it online on our other satellites, in countries where it has not yet aired! Go to the EWTN home page, http://www.ewtn.com, and click on “Television” at the top of the page. In the drop down menu, look for “Program Schedules” and check out the listings for other countries, where it will be airing over the next couple of days. Once you find a time that is convenient for you, and you’re ready to view, just go to the “Television” tab again and look for “Live TV-English”, then check out the drop down menu for the satellite you want to view!

  2. deacon2007 says:

    if I am unable to view it on EWTN in my area (I don’t have satellite), will the series be available on dvd or online at some point?

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  4. Stephanie Mispagel says:

    When😜 will see it on West coast???😞

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  7. Kevin67 says:

    Thank you.

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  9. Don Keehn says:

    I believe I have the series recorded. Is each episode 30 minutes?

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  11. Jsmith says:

    For those of us who do not receive EWTW on our cable systems, will this be viewable in some other way? Online? I really want to see it, but it’s not available here.

  12. Stephanie Mispagel says:

    When is showing on the west coast…..

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  18. Nelson T. Blaskie says:

    I hope this documentary speaks truth and not proclaim to be accurate like most others and shuvvel out a bunch of anti Catholic propoganda.

  19. Patrick Collier says:

    Well written, thanks for the notice, will pass on…you’re right…’tis the season for education on ISIS.

  20. Xavier Quek says:

    I love to watch the crusade. How can I watch it on 8 oct. I live in Sydney, Australia. Thanks. Xavier

    • mjohnsonewtn says:

      To find the times for EWTN in your area, go to the home page of our website, http://www.ewtn.com, and click on the “Television” icon at the top of the page. In the drop down menu, click on “Program Schedules.” You will see 7 areas listed across the top of the web page: U.S., Canada, UK/Ireland, Auf Deutsch, Africa/Asia, Asia/Pacific, and Espana/A.Latina. Click on your area and up will pop the program schedule with times and dates of programs airing in your country!

      • Do we know if this will be available on the EWTN Live feed on their Roku Channel?
        I don’t have cable.

        • mjohnsonewtn says:

          Yes, you can view it online and yes, it will be available at a later date on Roku!
          God bless!

          • John says:

            Michelle, do you have any idea when it will be on Roku?

          • mjohnsonewtn says:

            John, the show is not scheduled to run on EWTN television until late 2014 or early 2015. Please check http://www.ewtn.com and/or our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ewtnonline) as we get closer to the expected air date.

          • John says:

            Michelle, I’m confused. I asked about when it might be on Roku, and you said that it isn’t scheduled to air on EWTN television until late 2014 or early 2015. However, it was just on a couple weeks ago! So do you mean it won’t be on EWTN on Roku until late 2014 or early 2015?

          • mjohnsonewtn says:

            It won’t be on Roku until it’s on EWTN John. You have NOT seen this program yet. You are mixing it up I’m sure with another one of Elizabetta’s other programs on Iraq, Syria, etc. This new one is still being put together!

          • John says:

            OK, something’s not right here. The press release that is above these comments says this: “(The mini-series airs 10 p.m. ET from Wednesday, Oct. 8 through Saturday, Oct. 11.)” And it WAS on, because I saw part of the last one!

          • mjohnsonewtn says:

            Oops! Sorry John. I just published a new blog today and thought this referred to that! So shifting gears, “The Crusades” has been on ROKU for the past three weeks! It was taken down this morning. The series will re-air in January and, at that time, it will again be posted on ROKU. If you don’t want to wait, consider giving yourself an early Christmas gift and purchasing the series through EWTN Religious Catalogue, http://www.ewtnreligiouscatalogue.com/
            Sorry for the confusion!

          • John says:

            Thanks for clearing that up Michelle! The same issue may apply to the comment from deacon2007 that is above mine! Will there be any notice when it goes on TV again in January?

          • mjohnsonewtn says:

            Absolutely! Three ways John: Our website, our Facebook page, and our e-newsletter, “Wings.” If you haven’t signed up for the latter, just go to http://www.ewtn.com and look toward the right hand side nearer to the bottom of the page. It says “Wings Sign-Ups.” You just enter your email address! A confirmation email will be sent to that email address. Click to confirm it was really you and you’re done!

      • Xavier Quek says:

        Hi thanks for your help. Saw the programme page but cannot find The Crusade movie viewing time. Xavier

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    This looks like a series of interest for Quidquid readers. Good history, from what it looks like.

  22. TML Fan says:

    DEUS VULT!!!!!!!!!!!!

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