Midterm Essay - HIS 297A Prof Sullivan Question 4 What was...

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HIS 297A Prof. Sullivan 10/26/2007 Question 4: What was the “People’s Crusade”? Discuss some of the reasons for its failure. Following Pop Urban II’s speech at the Council of Clermont, the desired reaction from the masses gathered pleased him. Men and women were inspired to take up arms, fight against those ‘evil Persians,’ and reclaim the holy land. But there was an unexpected development that Urban did not foresee. Motivated by the idea of fighting in the name of Christianity, lay people began to move on the Turks. Not in the organized manner that Urban desired, but as an unruly mob. This “People’s Crusade” would largely be a failure, but would just be the tip of the lance of the crusading movement. To understand the People’s Crusade, one has to understand its origins. The peasants and ordinary men and women were stricken with a sense of action, but there was still the need of one man to take charge. That man was Peter the Hermit, and for those in France: Walter Sans-Avoir. An impressive orator and a monk-- Peter provided the
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Midterm Essay - HIS 297A Prof Sullivan Question 4 What was...

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