The Fourth Crusade By Donald Queller And Thomas Madden
2064 WordsOct 25, 20169 Pages
The Fourth Crusade by Donald Queller and Thomas Madden sheds light on the last great crusade and the on goings within the event. The authors capture a glimpse into the world of the middle ages, and provides insight into the relationships within the crusades. Soon after his promotion to papacy in 1198 Innocent III announced his goal for possession of the holy lands. He announced a crusade and put forth a call for crusaders to all towns including barons while excluding kings. Innocent III intended for the crusade to be wholly under the control of the papacy. Unfortunately, politically circumstances in Latin Europe was not ideal for a crusade. While Innocent III attempted to settle political matters within the secular power, he was…show more content…
After gaining the approval of several factions of people as well as the papal construction began and the envoy departed for home. The envoy split up while returning; two continuing towards France while the other four detoured for Genoa and Pisa seeking additional help on the crusade. Although, the remaining four were not able to obtain support from the cities, their colleagues were traveling home while seeking men and money for the crusade. During this expedition they encountered Marquis Boniface, a future leader in the crusade.
Finally the army slowly began traveling to Venice for the launch. Unfortunately the departure date came and went with crusaders still trailing into Venice and only a small percentage of the army meeting at the port. Many crusaders sailed from other ports avoiding the expense transport from Venice, while those waiting in Venice suffered a hot summer and scores of men began dying or defecting. In addition to their dilemma, the crusaders did not fulfill their half of the treaty with Venice and only comprised forty percent of the payment needed for transportation. As a compromise the Doge of Venice proposed a deal, Venice would defer the payment until the crusaders were able to pay if the army would assist Venice in regaining control over Zara. Opinions of the arrangement varied throughout the army. Zara had pledged themselves to the king of Hungary who was a sworn crusader and furthermore was