INTRO - In 1095 Pope Urban II made a speech at Clermont in the South of France, to mount the first crusade to rescue the Holy Land of Jerusalem from the Muslims and to give it back to the Christians. Religious obligation and personal gain would be the most important benefits from the crusades.
The motivation for a Holy War came from Pope Urban II amazing speech. He wanted all men to give up their daily lives and to take the cross and to fight for the return of the Holy Land, the place where Christ was crucified and buried. After his speech, the Pope never expected the thousands of men that listened to him and answered his call to make the journey into foreign lands and fight an enemy they never knew. He would have been overwhelmed with the response. The men came from all walks of life, from peasants to lords. So many men willingly left their homes to…show more content… 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.”
Pope Urban’s inspiring words was the motivation why so many people responded to his call. The war was for all Christians to fight and they were promised Salvation as the “eternal reward”, and this made the Crusade all the more appealing to fight.
Another religious motivating factor that was appealing was the pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Religion was extremely important but a lot of people were poor and could not afford to travel to Jerusalem. The Crusade gave them the chance to make the pilgrimage and so they could, “take the cross and make the journey to the Holy Sepulchre, the tomb in which Christ was placed and from which he rose”. By doing this, the crusader was also absolved of their sins which was an important part of the