Essay about The Crusade Of The Crusades

1416 Words Nov 18th, 2016 6 Pages
From about 1095 to about 1290, a series of religious wars broke out to recapture the holy land from Islamic control. Christians referred to them as the “Holy crusades”; otherwise known as the crusades to historians. In November of 1095, the first Crusade began in response to Pope Urban II urging Christians to take back their Holy Land of Palestine out of the control of the Muslim Turks. This was the start of what would become known as the Crusades. After the first crusade, many more occurred as well. The Third Crusade resulted from the Muslim ruler Saladin’s efforts to recapture Jerusalem from the crusaders. He was unable to defeat the armies led by England’s King Richard I, thus, causing the loss of much of the land he had initially conquered. The focus of the fourth through sixth crusades changed from regaining control of the Holy Land to defeating the enemies of Christianity. The last few crusades were attempts to gain ground in the Holy Land now mostly controlled by Muslim rulers. These last ditch efforts were unsuccessful, especially after the fall of Acre, the capital of the Crusaders in the Holy Land. The fall of Acre ended the crusades in the Holy Land (Crusades). Over the course of the crusades, many people lost their life on and off the battlefield. It was much more than just the fight over control of the Holy Land; other reasons included taking back control of other Christian lands, protecting the churches power, the feudal instinct to fight, and gaining…

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