Starting in 1095, the Papacy, under Pope Urban II, called the First Crusade, which was stated with the intent of restoring Christian access to the holy places in and near Jerusalem. This act started a series of holy wars that would last nearly two hundred years, spawning a culture and a style all its own, much of which is now offered here at Dark Knight Armoury. In total, nine Crusades were launched to retake the Holy Lands, and with them, countless warriors left their homes to fight for holy justice and righteousness. This era saw the establishment of various knightly orders that exist even to this day, including such groups as the Hospitallers, the Templars, and the Teutonic knights, to name a few. Some of these groups, like the Templars, established such power and prestige that their reputation remains legendary, even to this day! Here at Dark Knight Armoury, we offer our own variety of Crusades era items, so that you can relive this era in reenactment with ease, while also showing off some decor pieces and collectibles that recreate authentic Crusader looks. We offer decorative and functional crusader armor, as well as classic Crusade era shields, emblazoned with crosses and heraldries, to show off your allegiance, whether it lay with a liege-lord or with an order like the Templars. We also have classic crusader helmets, like the great helmet, which is an iconic part of any crusader look. And of course, these were not wars of words, but instead battles, so we also offer weapons, like Crusades era swords and side-armed daggers, many of which will serve you just as well as a weapon of war as it will a display for your castle! All in all, a visit to Dark Knight Armoury will provide you with all the crusading gear you need, so that when next you venture out to the Renaissance Faire, you will be unmistakable as one of the brave warriors who has participated in the Crusades to retake the Holy Land!