- Additional Details
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: July 26, 2000
Discover one of the saddest and most shocking stories of the Crusades.
The Crusades left a trail of destruction and hatred across a broad swath of human history. The damage wrought by these holy wars may never be undone. And perhaps the most tragic chapter of the centuries-long religious conflicts was THE CHILDREN'S CRUSADE.
HISTORY'S MYSTERIESTM explores the sad fate of nearly 20,000 children who joined the fight in the 13th century. Using dramatic re-enactments focusing on two 12-year-old boys, this gripping program shows how young French soldiers were promised free transport from Marseilles to the Holy Land, only to be sold into slavery in North Africa, while German children marched to Italy, where their crusade floundered, succumbing to disease and starvation.
This crusade of the innocents strove to succeed where the others had failed. But in an era dominated by spiritual warfare, these children would meet a bloody fate.