The First Crusade

May 22, 2012 | In: Medieval Battles


After Pope Urban II made that speech at Clermont, people thought that God came to them and showed the way to eternity. They strongly believed that, by taking Jerusalem, God would surely raise all their sins and all the people would after that live in happiness. They put all their hopes in those thoughts, that many didn’t take any money for their services.

Sadly, most of them died on the way to the Holy Land. The so called army was so shattered that one group decided to stop in Germany to fight the Jews. Pretty ingenious, isn’t it?! Germany is much closer and Jews surely are not Christians.

Soon after, in 1096, a well organized Crusade left for the Holy Land. At Constantinopole, the Roman Emperor Alexius was somehow surprised to see an army sent by the Pope. Eventually, he managed to send them to Jerusalem.

The crusaders finally got to the Promised Land in 1098. When they saw all the buildings and the flourishing civilization, a feeling of surprise came over them, because of the way Pope Urban described the city.

Even though they made many mistakes, the crusaders managed to take the city in the end and some major cities along the Mediterranean Coast. They settled there, made Jerusalem their home and called it the New Country. And so, the First Crusade came to an end, providing a big victory for the Christians, and a major setback for the others.


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