Urban and the Council of Clermont Essays

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There are many accounts of that day in November, 1095. Some were written by monks, others by bishops, and even a few by warriors themselves. Historians are constantly asking, "What exactly did Pope Urban II say at the council of Clermont to persuade Christians to set forth on such a difficult venture as the Crusades?" One man, an early 12th century cleric named Fulcher of Chartres wrote perhaps the best historical chronicle of the events at Clermont and the speech of Urban II.<br><br>Fulcher begins his account with a prologue that states how blessed the journeymen of the Crusades were to take up such a conquest. He follows this by speaking on the Council of Clermont. Fulcher describes Pope Urban II and what he heard was happening to the …show more content…
The better Christian one was, the better man he was.<br><br>Urban II speaks to his clergy about the problems in the Church and as Fulcher tells the story he seems he seems rightly bestowed with the compliments Fulcher gives him. He appears to be very strict in the teachings of the Church, saying that before the Clergy may teach the acts of God, they must first be pure themselves. In a sense, it is the old saying, "practice what you preach". Perhaps it is from Urban that this is derived? Urban also comes across in Fulcher's words as a man with an "iron fist". He will not tolerate criminality by Christians and anyone who has done great wrongs will be excommunicated. <br><br>Urban describes the Turkish movement in such a way that is comparable to the communist scare during the Cold War. It is that idea that if one region falls, to in this case Turkish rule, it won't be long before the Turks are in the Vatican. There is a great fear and an urgency to stop the problem while it is still foreign, just as the United States tried to in Vietnam. The theory holds true once again that "history repeats itself". <br><br>Pope Urban II told his clergy that they were responsible for the souls of the people in addition to their own. According to Fulcher, Urban proclaims that if He should find sin among the people, "He will banish [the clergy also], utterly

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