Lone Success of the First Crusade

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The Lone Success of the First Crusade

The First Crusade was the pinnacle of the entire Crusade campaign. Its lone success in the long line of Crusades proves its uniqueness among the six others that were mostly ineffective. Certain fortunate circumstances definitely contributed to the Christian success in taking the Holy Land on their first try. Similarly, many other circumstances were responsible for why the following crusades were less successful and in some cases disastrous. From the first crusade being a holy pilgrimage for military and religious reasons, the following crusades were for personal gain, power, and wealth. Also, the distance between Europe and the Holy Land gradually took a toll on the Christians in the later
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The crusaders’ pride for Christianity transcended their nationalism and motivated tens of thousands of people to journey across Europe to the Middle East. This religious pride inspired enough people, many who had never even left their homes, to travel to a foreign land that they had only heard of through stories and in the Bible (Ethics-War). In their eyes, they were rightfully reclaiming their religion’s land and retaking the land where their savior lived and died.
To the early Crusaders, taking back the Holy Land was only the beginning in the line of liberating Spain, southeastern Europe, and other Christian lands that the Muslims began to fight for (Whittemore). In addition to helping fellow Christians, the Pope promised the Crusaders that in return for fighting for their religion they would be forgiven of all their sins and were assured to enter heaven. Before the First Crusade, Pope Urban II traveled across Europe to speak out to the Christian population. This is also one of the first recorded times in European history in which the pope actively traveled outside the Vatican to speak to the average Christian European (Urban II). Seeing Pope Urban II in person speaking on protecting Christianity only inspired more people to join the First Crusade. According to Robert the Monk who recorded many of the
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