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The Crusaders Before Jerusalem
The Crusades 1095-1272
The Crusades (from the Latin word
for cross) were a series of
wars between European Christians and
Muslims fighting for the Holy Land
(Palestine, especially the city of
Los cruzados ante Jerusalén / The
Crusaders Before Jerusalem. Oil on canvas by Eugenio Lucas
Museo Lázaro Galdiano, Madrid
The Crusades in a
Regaining control over the Holy Land was not the
only objective. Christians were
also concerned by the speedy Islamic expansion in general.
the gift shops of both camps, two centuries of massacre
would be sold as
end, the Crusades failed to free the Holy Land from Muslim control.
The eight Crusades took place between
the years 1095 and 1272. Here is a brief timeline with main events:
In AD 637, Jerusalem was taken by the Muslims and, slowly but surely, it
became obvious that Christians, pilgrims and otherwise, weren't welcome anymore.
Parallel to this, the power and the influence of the papacy in Europe weakened. How could the
Church get back to power?
War unites, or so figured
Pope Urban II, and delivered a
fiery speech at Clermont, France,
in 1095. Everyone was energized and merrily hiked direction Holy
Land, most of them
with one-way tickets.
Here are the
Crusades in the stream of time.
And here are the maps:
Map of the Era of the Crusades 1095-1272 AD
Map of the First Crusade
1095-1099 First Crusade
1097-1099 The Levant
Map of the States of the Crusaders 1140 AD
Map of the Second and Third Crusade
Map of the Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, and