Crusades Influence

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Dating back to the 11th century, The Crusades can arguably be seen as one of the most pivotal events in religious history. What lead to the development of the crusades though? Several acts of influence and persuasion helped create a large following of support to partake in these controversial events. With the main source of influence sprouting directly from the popes and those of the church affiliated directly under the pope during this time period, they were able to gain a large amount of support from the people of their religion by promising forgiveness of sins as this would be seen as a command from christ. Along with these promises for the remission of sins, Pope Urban II goes on to portray the other religions as gruesome races who have…show more content…
These speeches would account for the mass following of the Christian faith to unite under the pope and follow his commands. Pope Urban II preached On this account I, or rather the lord, beseech you as Christ’s heralds to publish this everywhere and to persuade all people of whatever rank, foot-soldiers and knights, poor and rich, to carry aid promptly to those Christians and to destroy that vile race from the lands of our friends. I say this to those who are present, it meant also for those who are absent. Moreover, Christ commands it. As seen in this speech, Pope Urban II begins to recruit those of the Christian faith to take part in these battles by claiming that not only does he command it but “Christ commands it.” Urban II demonstrates his influential strength throughout this speech by affiliating his desires to go to war with the central idea of Jesus Christ expecting those of the Christian faith to follow along side the Pope. The pope goes on to tell the people of the Christian faith that their brethren in the east are facing attacks by other religions and that it is the Christians duty to “destroy that vile race.” In order to gain the true support of the Christian people, Pope Urban II goes on to preach
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