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The Crusades which number in eight lasted from 1095ad to 1270ad In this paper I will be discussing the major battles and the effects of the Crusades There were eight Crusades four of which were led by kings The battles in each crusade contributed to the outcome of the crusades The Major battles that had the most effect on the outcome of the crusades will be discussed in the next paragraphs There were definitely more battles during the Crusades but these were the most significant In the First Crusade Pope Urban II started what we know as the Holy Wars or the Crusades Over the period from 1095-1270 a series of military expeditions were fought to take back the Holy Land Jerusalem from the Seljuk Turks There were eight crusades which were spurred for many different reasons by many different people that left a lasting effect to the world The battle I will be discussing for the First Crusade is the Capturing of Jerusalem Bellows 2 The capturing of Jerusalem was a turning point in the First Crusade The armies of the First Crusade were actually just peasants Biel 35 Their main goal was not what Pope Urban II wanted Pope Urban wanted Jerusalem recaptured out of the hands of the Seljuk Turks Biel 31 The peasants wanted to change their lifestyle by becoming rich on the Crusade by buying spices silk and other novelties which the peasants would then come back and sell the products for a larger profit Biel 35 When they finally reached the holy city Jerusalem was already under heavy guard by the Egyptians at the time when the crusaders were about to make their attack The crusaders set up siege machines and called for reinforcements and eventually the Egyptians surrendered to them All who dwelled in the city were massacred in belief that the blood of former possessors purified the city Biel 66 It was
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