Military Campaigns: The Crusades

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Crusades Paper The Crusades. Military campaigns brought about by Christians in the middle ages due to conflict with the Muslim population. Without the Crusades, who knows how Europe could be shaped today? Could Islam followers have taken over Europe using jihad? Would Islam be the supreme religion of the world? So many questions, so little answers. First and foremost, the Crusades came to be due to Christians and Muslims not being on the same page. The Christians believed that they were fighting for Jesus to claim back his holy place of birth. However, the Muslims had it in their mind that they were defending THEIR land and the Christians were invaders. As a result, in 1099, when these Christian and Muslim armies collided in Jerusalem, it …show more content…
However, the Second Crusade began quickly after. Around the year 1130, the Muslim people began gaining ground again using their practice of jihad, which in other words means that the Muslims will do whatever it takes to spread their religion and if you choose not to convert, you will most likely be killed. In 1147, the Second Crusade officially began. This Crusade was led by King Louis VII of France as well as King Conrad III of Germany. In October of 1147, the Turks (Another name for the Mongolian people) crushed Conrad 's army. Once Louis and Conrad regained control of their armies, they decided to attack Damascus, a Syrian Stronghold. Combined, their armies consisted of about 50,000 people including both men and women. These armies eventually defeated the Crusaders and thus putting a quick end to the Second Crusade in 1149 after only two short …show more content…
The Franks (Another name for the Christians) surrounded Jerusalem after a failed attempt to take over the city, and did so for six long weeks. One of the two towers the Franks had built during this time was destroyed after Muslims came and destroyed it. Soon, the Franks propelled through and fought the Muslims for an entire week. Most of the Muslims took shelter in the Tower of David. Eventually, the Franks made a promise that if the Muslims surrendered the city, they would spare them their lives. The Muslims agreed and the Franks kept their promise and let each and every one of them go. However, in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Franks didn 't let the people go that easily and "slaughtered more than 70,000 people". Men were killed viciously, women and children were taken as prisoners, and homes were destroyed. No mercy was given. All in all, there were so many crusades that it would be impossible to explain the happenings of them all. There were literally thousands. However, the first ones seem to be of the most importance. Without the Crusades, the World, without a doubt, wouldn 't be the same as it is today. And if the Muslims had won the city of Jerusalem, it is fairly obvious that Europe would be run differently. Overall, the Crusades were a very important part of our religious history, and without them, there really

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