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Trade routes opened through Europe because of traveling between crusading states. These crusades were each led by different people. The eight Crusades occurred from The first Crusade being in , the second from , the third from , the fourth in , the fifth in , sixth from , the seventh from , and eighth in There may have been a 9th crusade, which may have occurred before the 3rd Crusade.

The cause of these crusades is to attack the enemies of the church and.

The crusades were a chain of military and religious campaigns initiated by European Catholics to increase Christian influence in the Holy Land, which is Palestine. Some religious leaders actually inspired these crusades and had a key role in forming and commencing the Crusades.

First Crusade And The Idea Of Crusading

These religious figures were popes, bishops, and theologians. The Crusades were a series of sacred wars pronounced by popes with the guarantee of indulgences for the individuals who battled in them and coordinated against outside and inward foes of Christendom for the recuperation of Christian property or with regards to the Church or Christian individuals. Crusades were described as the taking of promises and the conceding of indulgences to the individuals who partook in it.

Similar to going on pilgrimages, which was a favored activity, crusading was a demonstration. Riley-Smith also makes sure to note all major contributors to the Crusade movement and their personalities.

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Numerous scholars have wondered whether this was a political or religious mission. This helps to spark. The Crusading movement The Crusades were military expeditions undertaken by Christian Europe between the 11th and the 17th century to recapture the Holy Land from the Muslims.

The main crusading movement took place between the 11th and 13th century. The word crusade, which is derived from the Latin "Crux" was adopted by crusaders who adorned themselves with the symbol of Christianity: the cross. One fascinating idea about the Crusades is, it shows how some sect of people who have misused the original meaning of the Crusades to form chaos especially in Nigeria.

In addition, the Crusades have revealed the origin of political ranking and the creation.

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This essay examines the background of the crusades to offer a better. On top of the already present religious fervor the most of Europe had, these preachings drove people to act on their devoutness to God. However, there are many different ways in which the crusades have been described, the historian Christopher Tyerman on the other hand, steers towards the idea that it is reasonable. How did the papacy justify such a radical — indeed, subversive — innovation in terms of Christian theology?

How was this extraordinary concatenation of ideas and events moulded into an institutional structure to sustain the territorial consequences of this transformation in geopolitics? How was it then deployed to legitimise Christian violence elsewhere? Some German and French historians had addressed some of these questions, but Riley-Smith answered them with an unprecedented clarity and directness, founded on a far wider and more systematic reading of theology and canon law as well as of narrative sources and documents.

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His primary interest was always what people thought, whether the inchoate spiritual fervour of illiterate lay Crusaders, or the elaborate theological and legal contortions of popes and their advisers, or popularised versions of the latter, devised by Crusade preachers, which so successfully aroused the former. His devout Catholic faith gave him a clear insight into the mentality, but did not in any sense make him an apologist. For the first time in the middle ages, fighting — that quintessential lay aristocratic activity — ceased to be a sinful necessity in a fallen world, and became instead an expression of devoted and meritorious service to Christ as lord.

In my favourite Riley-Smith book — The First Crusade and the Idea of Crusading — he showed how the diffuse elements in the original proclamation of an armed pilgrimage by Pope Urban II in were fused and transformed in the aftermath of the taking of Jerusalem in by the historians who wrote accounts of the triumph of a lay monastery on the march. It was this interpretation that was adopted by subsequent popes.

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The First Crusaders, meticulously tracked down every identifiable participant, and sought to reconstruct his likely motives. The Feudal Nobility and the Kingdom of Jerusalem, ; 2nd edition showed how the system of western feudal law was imported into the newly established kingdom of Jerusalem by the settler nobility. There were many more books on the same and similar themes, which tapped into the wider public interest that Riley-Smith had been a leading light in promoting.

This August he launched a massive internet calendar of the charters and other legal documents of the Latin East.

A founder member, and later president, of the Society for the History of the Crusades and the Latin East, he became familiar on television and radio. From being professor of history at Royal Holloway, University of London he returned to Cambridge as professor of ecclesiastical history, at Emmanuel College As an undergraduate, he spent a lot of time at the racecourse at Newmarket, but less conventionally acquired for himself a copy of the massive 19th-century French edition of the crusading chroniclers.