Crusades Essay

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Power struggles have always been occurrences that have had the ability to plague an entire nation. While evidence of this fact can be seen all throughout history, it is especially evident within medieval times. Specifically, power struggles developed between the Roman church and various groups such as non-believers, Muslims, kings, and even common people all throughout the High Middle Ages. As a result, Christian fighters, known as “crusades,” were asked to fight for their beliefs by the pope in order to take back land that non-believers lived on as well as eliminate anyone who challenged the authority of the church hierarchy. It was not hard to convince most people to become crusaders and many documents throughout history can show one …show more content…
Therefore, they came up with a scheme that involved telling their people that it was God’s will that they fight any enemies of Christianity and take back Holy Land at the same time. As a result, “they made a decision that led to so much sorrow, that left so many men dead with their guts spilled out and so many great ladies and pretty naked and cold, stripped of gown and cloak (Wiesner 193).” This decision, explained by a clergyman named William of Tudela, was made by Roman church authorities to recruit people in the name of the lord to fight for them. In William’s opinion, this was a bad choice that the Roman church made. He probably felt this way because he was able to see the reality of the destruction that it was causing to humanity instead of the good that the Roman church authority figures were telling him it was causing.
The Pope selfishly called on crusaders in order to keep power as well as to “gain wealth and glory…. [and use it] as an opportunity to gain territory (Wiesner 175).” While mainly the Roman church had issues with outsiders ,such as Muslims and Turks, trying to disrupt their hierarchy, there were also internal powers that affected the rule of the Pope and the Roman Church known as “heretics.”
Heretics were Christians who did not believe in traditional religious practices and therefore their “incorrect belief would lead, in orthodox opinion, to damnation, and might also
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