Deus Lo Volt Analysis

In 1095 at the Council of Clermont in France, Pope Urban II gave a speech that would affect the church for many years to come. He declared that church was going to try and get the Holy Land back from the Seljuk Turks in battles that would be known as the Crusades. Since the mid-seventh century, the Muslims had controlled the Holy Land and had prevented Catholics from entering Jerusalem to make pilgrimages. The Catholics saw gaining the Holy Land back as a sacred duty because the Muslims were seen to be “enemies of Christ”. “Deus lo Volt”, which means God wills it, was chanted after hearing the Pope’s speech and soon became the motto for these wars. Little did the Crusaders know that they were going to face 300 years of fighting with the Holy …show more content…
The fall of this city put Jerusalem in danger, so the king of Jerusalem asked the pope for help. The pope agreed and sent Holy Roman Emperor Conrad III and Louis VIII of France to help. However, they were soon faced with disaster. Conrad didn’t bring enough food and lost nine-tenths of his army. Things didn’t look much better for Louis VIII’s army who underwent a terrible journey filled with disease and attacks. They both finished their journeys by sea and met each other in June 1148 at Arc. From there, they planned to capture Damascus to prevent the Muslims from joining with the Muslims in Egypt. However, their armies weren’t strong enough and they were forced to retreat. In result of the war, the people of Damascus became loyal to the …show more content…
He asked the Venetians to make them ships so they could sail to the Holy Land. Since they weren’t able to pay the Venetians back in money for the ships, the Crusaders captured the Venetians trading rival Zara to repay them. However, getting cooperation from the east in the Crusade was proving to be difficult. The eastern emperor Isaac had been overthrown and his son, Alexius, said that they would help on the Crudade if the Crusaders helped get Isaac the thrown back. The Crusaders agreed and in June 1203 had restored Isaac as the emperor. Unfortunately, Alexius was unable to keep his promise to the Crusaders and didn’t offer them any help for their crusade. In result of this, the Crusaders captured to city of Constantinople which would lead to hatred of the Catholic Church in the east for many years to

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