Assignment5 - According to Fulcher, why did Urban II call...

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According to Fulcher, why did Urban II call for the Crusade at Clermont? According to Fulcher, Urban II called for the Crusade at Clermont for several righteous reasons. The first being that the Pope Urban II, “always strove widely and actively to raise the status of the Holy Church above all things” and that being said, he noticed that the Christian faith was being destroyed by both the clergy and the people. Second, the wealth of Christian lands were being pillaged by infidels and Turks that violated Christian holy places and finally, that the Turks have savagely attacked the Christians in Romania. “Moved by long-suffering compassion and by love of God's will”, Urban II was forced to call for the Crusade at Clermont. According to Fulcher, what authority does Urban claim? Compare it to the claims made by Boniface VII in Unam Sanctum . In the document, it states, “by God's permission placed over the whole world with the papal crown, I, Urban, as the messenger of divine admonition…” We can see pretty clearly from this account that Urban II claims to be the placed in power by God Himself, and that he is the means through which God sends His message to the people. Moreover, there was more than one instance where he uses God as an excuse to justify the Crusades. Note: I did not look up Unam Sanctum; therefore, I did not compare the two popes.
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This note was uploaded on 10/28/2009 for the course HISTORY 201 taught by Professor ? during the Spring '08 term at Iowa State.

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