Holy Warriors

Season 1, Episode 1 of 2

For centuries, England has gloried in the epic legend of King Richard the Lionhearted and his struggle to save Christendom's holiest city - Jerusalem - from the clutches of its Muslim conqueror Salah Al-din (Saladin). Using original Muslim and Christian sources and interviews with experts from both the East and West, this drama-documentary challenges the popular view of both Richard and Saladin, re-assessing their relationship and re-evaluating their war, the Third Crusade. Both men were driven by a quest for power and fame, and both showed kindness and cruelty in equal measure. Filmed in the Middle East, HOLY WARRIORS journeys back 800 years to tell the story that defined religious conflict for centuries to come and transformed Richard and Saladin into legends. Colin Salmon narrates.

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