The cause and effect of the first crusade

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An Examination of the Causes and Success of The First CrusadeReligion has served mankind for thousands of years in our search for meaning and direction. Religion serves as a way of defining our lives and providing a sense of meaning or direction, having done so since the beginning of time. While religion may appear to be a peaceful endeavor, it is an endless source of violence and bloodshed. The duality of religion is accurately portrayed in the Christian crusades. The crusades of the late antiquity exemplified this duality of religion and the horror religion can bring. Thousands upon thousands fought and died, not for king or country, but under God. The kingdoms of Christendom united under the common goal of retaking the holy land and…show more content…
This quote outlines a concern not only with the violence afflicting Christian nations but the increase in population as well as the lack of land. Europe was described almost as a confinement "surrounded by mountain peaks" to which the solution to their problem cannot be found. Since the only land available was in possession of other Christian nations, it was impossible to maintain peace. Thus the solution, since land and wealth would ultimately lead to European conflict; a war against an alien enemy seemed a logical conclusion. Through the excuse of foreign aid, Christendom could extend both its wealth and land without civil war at the expense of Muslims .

This the Redeemer of the human race has made illustrious by His advent, has beautified by residence, has consecrated by suffering, has redeemed by death, has glorified by burial. This royal city, therefore, situated at the center of the world, is now held captive by His enemies, and is in subjection to those who do not know God…She seeks therefore and desires to be liberated, and does not cease to implore you to come to her aid… God has conferred upon you above all nations great glory in arms. Accordingly undertake this journey for the remission of your sins, with the assurance of the imperishable glory of the kingdom of heaven.

This excerpt from Clermont shows the attempt by Urban to enact a sense of religious obligation amongst his council. Jerusalem, the
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