Doomsday, 1000 AD: How Millenarianism Ushered in the Crusades, Feat. Neil Eckart – European History


The end is nigh! Or so they’ve been saying since the year 1000 A.D. Today, Neil Eckart of the podcast War and Conquest tells us about millenarianism, the medieval idea that the world was coming to crashing halt at the end of the millennium. So, how did medieval folks party like it was 999? They went crusading! Discover the connection with the crusades in today’s episode.

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Time/place: Medieval Europe, c. 1000 CE

Dead Idea: Millenarianism

Main Sources

Holland, T. (2008). The Forge of Christendom: The End of Days and the Epic Rise of the West. London: Little, Brown.

Rubenstien, J. (2011). Armies of Heaven: The First Crusade and the Quest for the Apocalypse. Philadelphia, PA: Basic Books.

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