In the end countless Jews were slaughtered in the name of Christ. However, Odo's intended purpose for his biography was to praise Louis, so it is written to downplay Loius' failures or mistakes and instead places a lot of blame on the Byzantine Empire. Through demonstrations, protests, riots, and parades citizens have made demands and voiced their concerns for equal rights. As late as the 15th century, this extension of the Crusading ideal to areas outside the Holy Land was a powerful force when directed against a specific opponent. The following extract from Robert the monk, a historian of the first crusades, illustrates the concerns of European violence at the council of Clermont:Let none of your possessions detain you, no solicitude for your family affairs, since this land which you inhabit, shut in on all sides by the seas and surrounded by the mountain peaks, is too narrow for your large population; nor does it abound in wealth; and it furnishes scarcely food enough for its cultivators.
These problems with kings often resulted in schisms within Crusading armies as different monarchs had different plans for the Crusade see for example the change from Edessa to Damascus in the Second Crusade and would often leave the Crusader States to have to deal with the consequences of their campaign. One main reason for this is that the Crusades in retrospect figure as more of a marginal issue compared to the final collapse of the under the and the eventual replacement of rule by the Turkish , which suppressed Arab nationalism for the following seven centuries. Thus the crusades were not a simple mission of aid to the Byzantine Empire; rather it was an opportunity to satisfy the needs of Christendom at the expense of Muslims, a people to which little was known in the western world. However, not all of the incidents of the crusades were against other religions or enemies of the Christians. This affected one of the bedrocks of Crusading.
Why did the First Crusade succeed while later Crusades failed By Jacob Deacon The overwhelming success of the First set off a chain of events that would eventually make it almost impossible for future Crusades to achieve the same levels of success as the first. The efforts and means utilized and maintained to continue to wage a battle for more than one hundred years is memorable nonetheless. The most famous Crusader castle, the Krak des Chevaliers in Syria survives to this day. Kings were very useful for their ability to mobilize large armies and bring them over to fight in the East. Setting up their siege tower under the cover of darkness and filling a portion of the moat, the Crusaders managed to get in touching distance of the walls.
The Sixth Crusade occurred in 1228—29. The first crusade was held only in order to fulfill desire of the Christians of the recapturing the center of the Christian faith-Jerusalem, which has been controlled by the Muslim nation for more than 400 years. Understanding of the scope of the Crusades widened with a new recognition that crusading extended far beyond the original 11th-century expeditions to the Holy Land, both in terms of chronology and scope. Christians living there or visiting on pilgrimage also required protection. They were nervous of possible defeat but more importantly were imbued with a wish to plunder. There were no kings present on the First Crusade. The Crusades had a great impact on the world that will last forever.
The accounts all serve to widen our perspective, we hear from the Christian and Middle Eastern side of the conflict. Between 1095, when the First Crusade was launched, and 1291, when the Latin Christians were finally expelled from their kingdom in , there were numerous expeditions to the Holy Land, to , and even to the ; the Crusades continued for several centuries after 1291. The Second Crusade was originally planned in response to the loss of the County of Edessa to Zangi but instead of retaking Edessa the Crusading army attacked Damascus, who were an ally of the Crusader States. It was because the church has a power over them that they did not understand. What was the purpose of the Crusades? On the surface, the First Crusade looks like something with a simple cause — the hatred of one religious group for another. .
Christians learned to live in different cultures, which they learned and absorbed; they also imposed something of their own characteristics on these cultures. From the beginning with before Jesus being born to all the new religions that are stilling being formed today. Although this movement has had a positive effect in its admonishment of bigotry and racism, it has presented a conundrum regarding the best way to manage issues that stem from a clash of cultures. This made it easy to turn Muslims into scapegoats and targets. Half of the Christian world was conquered by Arab armies.
Whether it was equality for women, politics, minorities, or the economy the battle was usually well worth the outcome. Finally, Jonathan Riley-Smith's The Crusades: A Short History is another great, and readable, history of all the major campaigns. Occupying more and more of the land of the Christians on the borders of Romania, they have conquered the… slaughtering and capturing many, destroying churches and lying waste the kingdom of God. At the same time they were professional soldiers, willing to spend long periods in the East. However, the Crusading impulse was not dead. The response of the assembly was overwhelmingly favorable. Williamof Tyre's account of the Crusade may be the least biased, but it was written in his history of Jerusalem decades after the Crusade, and features some of the harshest condemnation of the Knights Templar of any account.
Unfortunately for Alexios, on his way to support the siege of the city he had met refugees from the area who wrongly informed him that the Crusaders were on the brink of defeat to a huge Muslim army and so the emperor returned home. The noble knights from the west, though, were not interested in harassing an enemy and carrying off portable riches, they were in the Levant for permanent conquest. These accounts all cite different motives for the first crusade, and all the accounts are from the perspective of different sides of the war. It attracted no European kings and few major nobles, drawing mainly lesser barons and their followers. The Crusades, with the exchange of ideas and knowledge with the Eastern World, became a foundation of the later European Renaissance and the Age of Exploration; which ultimately helped propel Western Europe to world domination. This use of the Crusading banner seems a hypocritical smoke screen, as the French knights took the lands of their enemies, savaged by the people, and became the new feudal lords. The main idea of the First Crusade was good against evil, in which the crusaders were on the good side and the Muslims and Jews on the evil side; after all they were the one who killed Jesus.