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August 26, 2016

Can someone explain it to me.

Filed under: History, News — Scottie @ 21:42

I am reading the comments under the video I posted.   It is taking me forever, but it was pretty informative until the thread started into the Crusades and different groups started talking about what was the cause of them.  What reason did they need to go and fight for, and why did they conquer the areas they did.  Some are saying it was Islamic aggression which caused a need to fight back.  Others are saying it was trade routes to be opened.  One says it is to honor the Christian god so they went and took Jerusalem.   I am pretty lost here.   I had no education on the crusades in high school.   However I did see a TV show on them that said they were on a mission from the pope, that they were knights or mercenaries I was not sure, and that the pope sent them to get all this art and treasures.  On this thread I am reading there are two crusades but again everyone says different reasons.    It seems to come down to a religious basis as far as I can tell.  I was hoping maybe Ark, or Robert, or Victoria, or Nan, or ..( did not mean to leave anyone out but if I listed everyone here it would take all day as everyone in that group of blogs is really smart so I just listed a few off the top of my head ) …anyone…basically all and any of the group that goes to Ark’s blog, and the others in that group, as you all are well educated and pretty dang smart.  I already spent from 4:46 PM till now at 9:38 PM trying to read and understand this stuff.  First I had to look up some of the words used in the video, now I am stuck on history.   Getting tired at this point.   SO if some of you have a few minutes and can explain it simply to me I would really thank you.  Scottie   Hugs


  1. Hey Scottie!

    Historians don’t fully agree on all the origins of the Crusades, mostly because contemporary sources are incredibly unreliable. From what is generally agreed upon, the emperor of the Byzantine Empire asked Pope Urban II for aid in repelling Turkish incursions into Byzantine lands. The pope (for debatable reasons) decided to respond favorably to that request. He issued a series of sermons in France which outlined an idea that people could make an armed pilgrimage to retake holy lands. Anyone who died while doing this would immediately go to heaven.

    In practice, the crusades were not very well organized. Anyone could go, and nobody needed military training. Some crusades were glorified mobs that looted every town they could get their hands on. Off the top of my head, I can only recall two crusader armies that were made up of soldiers and led by military commanders. The rest had problems with lack of central authority, civilian membership, and complete lack of discipline.

    I hope this helps!

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    Comment by Sirius Bizinus — August 27, 2016 @ 01:37

    • Hello S.B. yes ! It really does. I wish my high school had covered this better. I was reading all these different comments, most disagreeing with each other and I had no schooling to separate the fact from what a person wanted their bias to claim. You gave me a lot of good information. I know now that there were more than two, and that some were sanctioned and some were little more than bandits or mobs that took advantage of the situation. That helps me understand the comments better. I have a feeling now that the people writing them had only a slightly better knowledge than I did as no one mentioned all the facts like you did. Thank you. I am grateful. be well and happy. Scottie. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — August 27, 2016 @ 01:45

  2. In such geopolitical conflicts, there are usually many factors which eventually trigger hostilities. For the Crusades, the specific details are less important than the general friction between a rising Islam in the Middle East and their stagnant Christian neighbors in Europe. Violence was probably inevitable.

    An interesting side-note is the story of the Knights Templar who rose in prominence as Crusaders only to be attacked later on by the Christian Church whom they had been fighting for.

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    Comment by Robert A. Vella — August 27, 2016 @ 09:29

    • Thank you Robert. Ron is really into the Knights Templar. I do find it very interesting that so many legends have sprung up about them. It is said that behind every legend there is a grain of truth. I really like history. To know and understand what happened and why. I think the why is as important as the what. I think if I ever go back to school I would like to major in history. Thanks and be well. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — August 27, 2016 @ 14:48

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