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Crusade Autobiography Casey Brown When I look back on it I think that becoming a Crusader was the best thing that I did with my life I now do not have to lie awake awake at night wondering Will I get into heaven I know Ive been a good person almost my whole life but what if I must do more Should I retire from being a knight and become a monk Surely all monks get into heaven But do all knights These fearful questions no longer haunt me for Pope Urban II has told us that all men and women who serve in the Crusades get into heaven Here is how my journey as a Crusader began It was March 1189 King Richard later to be known as Richard the lion-hearted had just become King of England He taxed the poor people very heavily Luckily I was a nobleman and didnt pay as much A month later Richard called for the 3rd crusade I volunteered so that I could rest assured that there is a cloud in heaven with my name on it That is the main reason I and 29999 other nobles went on this crusade Other reasons were adventure and chance for knights to use fighting skills My reasons were salvation adventure and to avenge my dear son Robert who perished in the childrens crusade I spent very little time packing I wanted to spend most time training for battle I packed armor a white tunic with a red cross food money and weapons The weapons I brought were a shield javelin and my main weapon a sword I then trained and worked out until the day the crusade started I said goodbye to all family and friends My wife was crying Will I ever see you again she wailed Yes sure you will I assured her I promise I will return home Then I talked to King Richard to
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