Ekkehard of Aurach - On the Opening of the First Crusade (1101) - Battles in the sky
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Quoted in Wonders In The Sky - Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times - and Their Impact on Human Culture, History, and Beliefs - Jacques Vallee and Chris Aubeck
Circa 1100, Germany
Prodigies herald the coming Crusade
"The signs in the sun and the wonders which appeared, both in the air and on the earth, aroused many who had previously been indifferent. ..A few years ago a priest of honorable reputation, by the name of Suigger, about the ninth hour of the day beheld two knights, who met one another in the air and fought long, until one, who carried a great cross with which he struck the other, finally overcame his enemy... Some who were watching horses in the fields reported that they had seen the image of a city in the air and had observed how various troops from different directions, both on horseback and on foot, were hastening thither.
"Many, moreover, displayed, either on their clothing, or upon their forehead, or elsewhere on their body, the sign of the cross, which had been divinely imprinted, and they believed themselves on this account to have been destined to the service of God."
Source: Ekkehard of Aurach. On the Opening of the First Crusade (1101).