The First Crusade: The Rise Of The Crusades

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quickly defeated them. This ended Muslim resistance to the Crusaders for the time (“Jerusalem Captured in First Crusade”). The news of this miraculous event started to spread from Jerusalem all the way back to Europe. Now that the Crusaders took back their holy lands, Christians could go on their journeys of faith and have no fears of death. Sadly, the news never made it back to Pope Urban II. Urban passed away in 1099, only two weeks after the capture of Jerusalem (“Pope Urban II Orders First Crusade”). He would never learn about how his revolution to take back the Holy Lands became a success. Crusaders, after capturing Jerusalem, set up a number of Crusader states in the Holy Lands. However, these kingdoms didn 't have the necessary army …show more content…
Glory, fame, and fortune was desired by elite knights and kings. Temptation by the increase land and riches caught the intention of European Nobles (“Pope Urban II Orders First Crusade”). What started to affect these ideas became the lone fact that the Crusades started to become unsuccessful. This meant that future popes would need to increase the benefits to continue to gain soldiers. They knew that they could keep throwing in more and more. They did this instantly. In order to continue to battle the Muslims in the Holy Lands, they needed to continue to recruit and gain forces. Over time the Church added the benefits which they called “Earthly Rewards”. Faith rewards included forgiveness of sins and certain fulfillments. Earthly rewards consisted of riches from battle, erasing of debts, freedom from taxes, glory, and power (“Digital Collections for the Classroom”). Who wouldn 't join the war on the Muslims? People reaped the Crusades for all it was worth. In the earliest of times, the church used propaganda to manipulate people to go to war. At the beginning of the Crusades, the Church only used God to recruit, however, as time went on and the war continued, Church and political leaders found different methods to guarantee more rewards, above the spiritual aspect, to promote turnout. Rewards encompassed protection of property and family and cleared all …show more content…
The final Crusades ended without even a journey to the Holy City. A recruiting mission, launched by Prince Edwards of England, who participated in the Eighth Crusade, looked to gain support to take back Jerusalem (“List of Eight Crusade”). He needed to gain support, but no one seemed to have any interest. After almost two hundred years, people finally gave up on the movement. In 1271, Prince Edwards touched down in Arc and tried to convince people to join his cause. Once learning about information regarding his father’s sickness, he turned around and headed back home (“List of 9 Crusades”). Even political leaders didn’t believe in the cause. Learning about his father changed his whole mindset about the Crusade instantly. People started realizing that the whole Crusades were not really even worth it anymore. No one wanted to spend years traveling to Jerusalem to battle and risk their lives for a cause that did not seem worth it. With Prince Edwards leaving to go home, the tries of the Christian Europe to take the Holy Lands ended (“List of 9 Crusades”). Crusades would leave a large impact on Europe and the entire world. From the day they ended to present day, the Crusades still cause

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