Less than a decade after the conquest of England, with the blessing of the Popes, the Normans launched themselves into the Crusades, warring with the Muslims for the control of the Holy Land. When Jerusalem was taken in 1099 on the first crusade, urged on by Pope Urban 11 a native of France who promised forgiveness and pardon for all who who would fight to reclaim the Holy Land, the Italo-Norman Crusader Knights massacred Muslims Christians and Jews alike. Shortly after Tancred, the Italo-Norman leader of the first crusade was crowned Prince of Galilee and Regent of the Principality of Antioch.

Asterix had come a long way from his Gaulish roots.