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In 1095 the Byzantine Empire was in trouble The Seljuks were very close to destroying Alexius I s empire He sent an urgent message to his rival the Roman Pope The Council of Claremont was held and the Pope decided to help The Holy Land of Jerusalem was currently in Seljuk control Seize that land from Muslims and take it to yourselves Urban the Roman Pope at the time recited Many people went to die for their cause religion Yet many went just to gain wealth and get away from the family Urban had mixed incentives as well This crusade as it was being called would increase his power and help to fix the differences between the Byzantine Empire and Roman Church He never saw such power as he died before the task was accomplished They finally occupied Jerusalem 200 years after the crusade started This occupation later sparked three other crusades The first crusade went rather well compared to the other three they took Jerusalem and became wealthy and more powerful This caused the Muslims to fight ferociously to gain control again which they did The second and third crusades were to take the territory along with the three others the Holy Land was split into They did not succeed The fourth crusade was launched on the Byzantine capital itself Constantinople This ultimately destroyed the empire but it didnt die out for several years While it was still there there was great strife between Rome and the empire The Roman Church while rivaled with the Byzantine Empire did not order anyone to attack Constantinople as far as anyone knows The fourth crusade cant really be called that because a crusade has a holy purpose and looting and pillaging is not exactly holy
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