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The Crusades were a series of holy wars They began over religious conflicts between the Muslim Turks and the Christian Europeans The Crusades were mainly fought over land Yet those who fought found personal reasons such as wealth fame and honor In 1071 the Muslim Turks conquered Palestine now Israel and began to attack the Christians By the year 1095 Pope Urban II called on men to go against the Muslim Turks and reclaim the holy city of Jerusalem After hearing the call of Pope Urban II in April of 1096 Peter the Hermit led thousands on the Peoples Crusade By August of 1096 this crusade was a failure because a Turkish Muslim army attacked them Finally an army of knights and nobles set off on the First Crusade from Le Puy France By June 1099 they finally reach Jerusalem After a long month of warring the Crusaders capture Jerusalem in July 1099 They set up states in the Holy Land and defended Christian pilgrims against Muslim Turk attacks They then began setting up Krak des Chevalries which means Castle of Knights They stored supplies just in case of a siege From 1147 to 1149 the Second Crusade was led King Louis VII of France and King Conrad III of Germany began their journey to Jerusalem On their journey they attempted to overtake the Muslim City Damascus After this attempt failed the Second Crusade ended Another large event occurred when a Muslim warrior by the name of Saladin became sultan of Egypt He used his military tactics to unite the Muslim army In 1187 the Crusaders realized the force and power of Saladins army Saladin and his army had annihilated the Crusaders All the Crusaders castles fell down to Saladin and his power in the Battle of the Horns of Hattin Saladin and his troops recaptured Jerusalem From 1189 through 1192 the Third Crusade was led It was led by King Philip II of France
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