The Crusades… a Hebrew-Christian Mission?

When I first started studying European history, the Crusades in particular, when writing my historical novel, “The Celtic Prince,” I knew only the basic history of the Crusades. But today, I know that it wasn’t one or two Crusades, but several, and the reasoning for it all, is difficult to figure out. Why in the world would people walk from Europe to Jerusalem? European land was more hospitable and much better for farming than the desert that surrounded the old city of Jerusalem, yet the Crusaders kept it up, again and again. Why?

Now I’m seeing articles about Christopher Columbus and his adventures in the New World. Scholars are tearing into his history and coming up with some interesting theories, one of which, is that Columbus went to the New World to gain wealth so that he could continue financing the Crusades. Why would he do that? Some scholars say it was because he was a Jew and it was his mission to regain control of Jerusalem. That would make Christopher Columbus an early Zionist. Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:


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With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University, Suellen Ocean does her writing from the hills of Northern California. She began writing professionally for print and radio broadcasting in the late 1980's. Her first self-published book led to her becoming "officially" published, when in 1998 she was asked to participate in the anthology, "The Simple Life" through Berkley Books, New York. She is the author of sixteen books on diverse subjects.

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