Episode 2: Invasion, Invasion, Invasion

Simon discovers the impact on the Holy City of a new faith, Islam. He explores Muhammad's relationship with Jerusalem, the construction of one of Islam's holiest shrines, the Dome of the Rock, and the Crusaders' attempts to win back the Holy City for Christianity.

He also brings to life lesser known characters, whose impact still resonates: Al Hakim's destructive delusions of grandeur, and Queen Melisende's embellishment of Crusader Jerusalem, as well as the notorious standoff between Saladin and Richard the Lionheart. This episode ends in the 13th century with King Frederick II, whose ground-breaking power-sharing deal prefigures the tortuous peace negotiations of our own times. Then, as now, peace did not last.

Film Duration: 58 min .