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T he map below displays the main routes that armies used in the First Crusade, 1095 - 1099. These routes were also frequently used by later pilgrims, and Templars garrisoned most of the main towns along the routes. It may be noted here that the northern routes were pretty safe, as was the southernmost one, but the Count of Toulouse chose to work his way down the coast of the Adriatic Sea. He "was the only one silly enough to take that route", as prof. Stanley Painter quaintly remarks. The Count lost numerous men and much equipment on his way.

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