The Reasons Of The Crusades
Crusades began as a series of some religious wars which the Latin Church sanctioned between the periods of 11th to 16th centuries. The aim of coming up with crusades was to save Jerusalem from the Islamic rule at that time. As much as crusades were for advancing the cause of Christ, they began as a way to free the Christians from the Islamic rule and force. This research paper explains all the crusades that started in Europe and determines if the crusades signify Christian worldviews.
The first crusade in Europe took place in 1095, and it was a response to the pope’s call to fight in opposition to the Muslim forces that had started to engulf the Holy Land of Europe. The first crusade achieved its purpose because …show more content…
The new emperor attempted to give away the church of the Byzantine people to Rome, but the move faced great resistance, resulting to the strangling of Alexius in 1204 after a palace coup. The death of Alexius prompted the Franks to declare war on the Constantinople, bring the fourth crusade to an end with looting in the capital of Byzantine.
A variety of crusades were organized during the remaining part of the 13th Century. The Albigensian crusade of the year 1208 to the year 1229 was established to uproot heretical Cathari in France, and the Baltic Crusades subdued Transylvanian pagans. The fifth crusade saw the Franks attack the City of Egypt through the sea and on land, but Muslim forces defended their territory well. The sixth crusade helped in achieving a peaceful transfer of Jerusalem kingdom to Frank control although the treaty expired ten years later and Muslims took over Jerusalem …show more content…
The name of Christ was blasphemed and misrepresented by many of the Crusaders. For example, after the Crusaders took over Jerusalem in the year 1099, the so called Christian soldiers went around persecuting all Muslim women and children on the Temple Mount. The killing of Muslims is not a Christian worldview because Christians believe in forgiving one another regardless of how much the other person offends you.
The usual view of the crusades pervades popular literature and text books as well, and one of the Western civilization textbooks observes that the crusade put together three impulses that are pugnacity, greed, and piety. The aspect of greed is evident especially during the second crusade when the Franks tried to gain more territory where they could govern instead of protecting the one they already have. The kind of greed they possessed made them prone to attacks because they did not pay much attention to securing territory. Some of the Franks got torn between the lust to carry on and remorse for the excess they had