Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â The First Crusade was arguably the most successful of the various numbered Crusades; however, they were not particularly well equipped for a campaign in Asia Minor. It is no surprise that they were not, as the climate in Anatolia is completely different from Europe. What is amazing is the way in which the Crusaders persevered in spite of the hardships they had to endure throughout the march across Asia Minor.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â The main Crusader army seems to have had an appreciation for the difficulties involved in a march across Anatolia; no doubt; the counsel of the Byzantine emperor, Alexius I Comnenus (1081â€“1118) was helpful in their choice of march route. Prior to leaving the region of Nicaea to continue the Crusade, the leaders held a council at Pelekanum where the Frankish leaders and the Alexius discussed further plans for the Crusade.Â It was decided that the Crusader army would move as a series rather than together so that there would be more flexibility in deployment, and to simplify logistics.