The Causes Of The Crusades

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Moustapha Akkad once stated, “If there ever was a religious war full of terror, it was the crusades. But you can't blame Christianity because a few adventurers did this”(Akkad). The Crusades were a time of bloody battles and horrid actions taken by many who called themselves Christians. The reasons for the Crusades, the preparations for the war, the fighting in the Crusades, and the impact of the Crusades on the modern world has given many the chance to truly think about the early history of Christianity. The Crusades began as a result of many Christians being upset with the many invasions by the Islamic people. Pope Urban II saw the loss of the Holy Land as a major threat to the Christian community. At the Council of Clermont in 1095, he reached out to the community for help in retaking the land that was taken from the Christians. The Pope’s call for help did not go unheard. He was pleased to have Christians from all walks of life come to help him retake the Holy Land (“Crusades”). By this time, the Crusades were already set in motion, and there was no turning back. The preparations could begin. Good preparations for war is always a crucial step for obtaining successes in battles. The Christian armies new this. To keep their men loyal throughout the war, they told the soldiers that they would be given exemption from their sins if they fought worthily in battle (Dickson). This caused many more to join in the Crusades. With the multitude of loyal soldiers ready to fight,

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