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In the year of our lord 1095 Pope Urban II started what we know as the Holy Wars or the Crusades Over the period from 1095-1464 a series of military expeditions were fought to take back the Holy Land Jerusalem from the Seldjuk Turks There were eight crusades which were spurred for many different reasons by many different people that left a lasting effect to the world These years of bloodshed were led by men of power to bring money greed and fame to themselves at the expense of others Although it brought a lasting uneasiness between the two religions but trade with the East increased and feudalism became scarce The crusaders failed to regain the Holy Land but the Eastern connections opened Europe to a brighter understanding of optimistic ways of living and thinking This began the formation of modern EuropeOverview The leaders and the resultsDuring the Middle Ages Christians visited Palestine known as the Holy Land which was the region where Jesus Christ had lived The Muslims had captured this land from the Christians but still allowed religious pilgrimages Towards 1071 the fierce Seldjuk Turks started conquering the East The Turks had become Muslims but the Turks made it difficult for Christians to reach the holy places The military expeditions planned and fought by western European Christians that began around 1095 are known today as the Crusades The soul purpose of these expeditions was to overtake and gain control of the Holy Land Jerusalem from the Muslims Deus vult God wills it was the battle cry of the thousands of Christians who participated in the event of the Crusades It was Christian belief that fate was to gain control of the Holy Land for the glory of God The origin of the Crusades was a result of the Turkish expansion in the middle east the Turks invaded the Christian empire Byzantium and thus the crusaders were sent out to recover the land
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