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Thu Apr 18, 2019, 10:46 PM

Crusader armies were remarkably genetically diverse, study finds

Source: The Guardian

Crusader armies were remarkably genetically diverse, study finds

DNA research adds to evidence soldiers heading east struck up relationships with locals

Nicola Davis
Thu 18 Apr 2019 17.03 BST Last modified on Thu 18 Apr 2019 18.40 BST

Crusader armies were made up of people from remarkably genetically diverse backgrounds, hailing not just from western Europe but also much further east, according to a new study that gives unprecedented insight into the fighters’ lives.

The Crusades to the Holy Land were spread over two centuries, with many Europeans heading east to fight, and others turning up to trade.

While experts say it is well known that high-ranking crusaders entered into marriages with Armenians to shore up political allegiances, the study adds to evidence that footsoldiers were also striking up relationships as they headed east.

“Those were the regular normal people who are also mixing together, and their sons were joining the fight later on,” said Dr Marc Haber, author of the research from the Wellcome Sanger Institute in Cambridge.

Dr Kathryn Hurlock of Manchester Metropolitan University, who was not involved in the study, said the findings were not a surprise to historians. “But the popular idea is certainly there was this east v west, Christian v Muslim dynamic with hard lines between the two,” she said.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/apr/18/crusader-armies-remarkably-genetically-diverse-study

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Related: A Transient Pulse of Genetic Admixture from the Crusaders in the Near East Identified from Ancient Genome Sequences (American Journal of Human Genetics)

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Fri Apr 19, 2019, 12:59 AM

1. Oh, this is good.

 

"high-ranking crusaders entered into marriages with Armenians"

Yeah, right. The crusaders conquered Armenia and as the armies marched into the conquered towns and villages the Crusader men married the Armenian women. Married... Hahahaha. That's one word for it.

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