The Crusade And The First Crusade

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Jerusalem was the Holy Land believed as the place Jesus lived and died. The Holy Land was under control of the Turks after they defeated the Byzantine emperor in the battle of Manzikert (1071). Being asked for help from the Byzantine emperor Alexius I, Pope Urban II supported but took it in the other way. He called upon pilgrims to be on the journey to Jerusalem with the purpose of taking the Holy Land from the Muslims. First Crusade was referred to the first journey of thousand people including Pope Urban II, Peter the Hermit, Nobles, Knights, and Peasants to the East. People’s Crusade killed hundreds of Jews during the First Crusade and entered Jerusalem in mid-July 1099. The Knights Templar was formed in 1096 to protect pilgrims to the Holy …show more content…
In 1187, Saladin the Great who was the general of Tikrit led the Muslim’s army and reconquered Jerusalem from the Crusade. Crusade was not simply religious journey of the Christian to Jerusalem. The event created a hostile relationship between the Muslim and the Christian lasting to this day. After the Crusade occurred, the Christian pilgrims needed to be protected and it led to the founding of the Knights Templar. It was also the futile war because thousands of people died due to their religious belief. Innocent men, women, even children were slaughtered by the crusaders. Furthermore, in the next Crusades, not only citizen in city but also soldiers were fallen down, causing blood running like a river. Crusaders also destroy homes, properties and temples on their way to Jerusalem. However, it would be a mistake if I do not mention the positive impacts of the Crusades. Crusaders played a big role of cultural diffusion. During the expedition, Crusaders had a chance to enhance the new knowledge about math, architecture and as well culture from …show more content…
Through this article I can know the process reconquered Jerusalem of Saladin the Great. In addition, this article was also described how brutal the Crusade was: “Arrows fell like raindrops, so that one could not show a finger above the ramparts without being hit. There were so many wounded that all the hospitals and physicians in the city were hard put to it just to extract the missiles from their bodies.” This was a meaningless battle. Everybody, either hundreds years ago or in modern time, has freedom of religious and it is not anyone’s fault for worshiping the god or the goddess they believe. In the Crusades, I think the Jews were the most innocent group because the initial purpose of the Crusades was to take control of Holy Land from the Turks - the Muslim. However, since the People 's Crusades changed the route, the Jews accidentally involved in the religious war and were cruelly destroyed. Overall, I think it was all about the ambition and power. Because of ambition to increase the control in Asia Minor, the Turks started a war with Byzantine which cause the latter Byzantine emperor asked Pope Urban II for help to offense. Pope Urban was afraid that the influence of the Muslims on Holy Land would decrease his power so he started the Crusade and caused the pointless war lasting for hundred years and thousands of deaths of innocent

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