Whoever Possesses It Will Rule the World

The Syrian city of Antioch almost proved the undoing of the first Crusade. After having struggled through Asia Minor, the Knights became bogged down in protracted siege of the city. Once they had captured it, they faced serious Muslim resistance. The finding of the Holy Lance which had pierced the side of the Christ, in June 1098, led to a revival of morale. Even after the Heathen was repulsed, it took until November 1098, before the final push for Jerusalem could be made.