The Crusade: The Zeal And Zest Of The Crusades

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‘Crusade’ is a non-medieval Franco-Spanish hybrid that has been considered synonymous to the pursuit of a good cause. The Crusades were a series of on and off religious wars fought between the years from 1096 to 1487 under the authority of various Popes. The Crusades were basically fought for the recovery of the Holy Land. They were ordered by Pope Urban II in 1095, and within months the first Europeans had arrived in the Middle East to rid the Holy Land of Muslims.
One story particularly boosted the flames of morale and added to the religious zeal and zest of the crusaders. It was the story of Jakelin de Mailly, a knight who died fighting as a hero during a Muslim raid in Galilee on 1 May 1187. The story says he fought till his last dying breath, alone and outnumbered. The person who penned down this great sacrifice is worth quoting in full:

“He was not afraid to die for Christ. At long last, crushed rather than conquered by spears, stones and lances, he sank to the ground and joyfully passed to heaven with the martyr’s crown, triumphant. It was indeed a gentle death with no place for sorrow, when one man’s sword had constructed such a great crown for himself from the crowd laid all around him. Death is sweet when the victor lies encircled by the impious people he has slain with his victorious right hand . . . The
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There was hatred against earthly desires and the zealous piety drove towards practising the religion to the full. The holy land attracted attention as being the most sacred and holy of all the relics. The pilgrims to holy Jerusalem ignited a kind of yearning in the people that made it easy to persuade people to fight for taking back the Holy Land. These are some of the true causes of the Crusades. The crusading movement involved men and women from every country in Europe and touched upon almost every aspect of daily life, from the Church and religious thought, to politics and

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