The Treaty Of The First Crusade And The Seljuk Turks Essay

1003 Words Oct 9th, 2016 5 Pages
Through months of excavating an old library in the Middle East, our group of archeologists and historians have found fragments of a secret treaty between the nobles of the First Crusade and the Seljuk Turks. The treaty was written in French which we all know, the main language spoken by the Crusaders. It was found to be written using carbon ink on goat skins. Since it is an organic material artifact, it is more likely to be susceptible to environmental damage. Hence, extra careful steps were taken to clean the artifact. The artifact was sprayed with fungicide to prevent molding and then placed in a sealed plastic bag to be brought to a lab for further investigation . Furthermore, using radiocarbon (Carbon-14) test, we managed to determine the date of the treaty and it correctly fit in the Crusades era period of time.
The treaty was between Godfrey of Bouillon, Tancred de Hauteville, and the Caliphate of Seljuk Turks. It was written and signed during the sieging of Jerusalem. After the first failed attempt, the leaders of the crusade agreed they needed help to continue sieging Jerusalem.
The Crusaders sieged Jerusalem for 40 days before succeeded to enter the city. During the siege, they suffered from lack of food and water . The weather condition around Jerusalem did not make it less bearable. The place was dry and the water source was quite far away. The treaty mentioned that Godfrey and Tancred signed since there were many Crusaders dying of starvation and dehydration. The…

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