The First Crusade And The Crusade Essay

1625 Words Dec 9th, 2016 7 Pages
The first Crusade started in 1095 when Alexius requested that Pope Urban II convey a Crusade. Pope Urban II assembled the Council of Clermont with the intention of sending his Crusaders to liberate the Christians who were being persecuted in the Middle East. Some of Pope Urban II’s other objectives include, spreading the gospel of the Lord and abolishing the evil within the Catholic Church. Although Pope Urban had pure intentions as to why he called the Crusade, some Crusaders themselves had other motives. Count Emico and his followers had egotistical motives such as wealth and power. However, even though there were some Crusaders who went for selfish reasons, others went for complete love of God and to spread his gospel, one such man was Peter the Hermit. Peter the Hermit motivated many others, one of these men went by the name of Gottschalk. Some of the various reasons the Crusaders had for embarking on the Crusade were to liberate Christians and retake their land; for others, it was for greed and power; still others, it was to spread the gospel. The extent to which these goals were realized depend upon the person or group.
Pope Urban II’s speech at the Council of Clermont in 1095 said, to those Christians who were present, “For your brethren who live in the east are in urgent need of your help, and you must hasten to give them the aid which has often been promised them.” When Pope Urban II stated that the Christians in the east had often been promised aid, it is clear…

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