scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 1,294
The crusades a series of campaigns that were initially launched by Pope Urban II in 1096 were one of the bloodiest and most ineffective militaristic missions in history The death toll can not be accurately counted but it is estimated in the millions It started simply as a plea for help by the emperor of Byzantium to the Roman Catholic Church but turned into a huge migration Officially there were seven crusades within a period of two or three centuries but historical evidence reveals that there was a constant stream of armies soldiers and commoners eastward through-out the time period with slight ebbs and flows Heer Friedrich The Medieval World p128 When the Seljuk Turks of the Middle East converted to Islam and took control of Jerusalem and began to attack the Byzantine borders the emperor in Constantinople Alexus asked the western world for help The church in the west had attempted to help Byzantium but to not much effect That was until 1096 when Pope Urban II delivered a sermon in the French town of Clermont In the sermon he spoke of redemption in the form of a pilgrimage to Jerusalem in order to regain the Holy Land in the name of Christ Duggan Alfred The Story of the Crusades p20 This differed from regular pilgrimages in the fact that the destination lied in enemy hands Therefore it would be necessary to fight for it All those who left their homes for Jerusalem would be promised entrance to heaven in the afterlife as well as protection of their estates while they were gone Pope Urban IIs sermon was widely received all over Europe by peasants and noblemen alike Crusaders were supposed to mark themselves by wearing a small red cross on their clothing usually the chest or shoulder All of Europe soon talked of the crusades and there was a lot of excitement surrounding the whole event Many prepared to journey to Jerusalem
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA