At the time of the Crusades, Muslim armies had already conquered two-thirds of the Christian world.

Recently noted on Yahoo Answers:

By the time the Crusades finally began, Muslim armies had conquered two-thirds of the Christian world.

The first Crusade began in 1095… 460 years after the first Christian city was overrun by Muslim armies, 457 years after Jerusalem was conquered by Muslim armies, 453 years after Egypt was taken by Muslim armies, 443 years after Muslims first plundered Italy, 427 years after Muslim armies first laid siege to the Christian capital of Constantinople, 380 years after Spain was conquered by Muslim armies, 363 years after France was first attacked by Muslim armies, 249 years after Rome itself was sacked by a Muslim army, and only after centuries of church burnings, killings, enslavement and forced conversions of Christians.

The Crusades finally began nearly 5 centuries AFTER Muslim armies had set out to conquer the Christian world.

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