EUH 2000 - Paper 3 - Samantha Hildebrand Word Count 1092...

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Samantha Hildebrand Word Count: 1092 The crusades were a holy war fought between the Franks and the Muslims. Or was religion just an excuse to raid the Muslim towns? The two documents: Pope Urban II’s Speech at Clermont and A Muslim Perspective show the two different sides- Christian and Muslim- of the so called “holy war”. The Christians claimed that they were fighting in the name of religion and saving their fellow Christians. However, the Muslims believed that the Christians were using religion as an excuse. Fulcher of Chartes, Pope Urban II’s Speech at Clermont was a speech designed to rally the Franks to join the “fight for God.” Pope Urban II told the Franks that the Turks had taken over and that they needed to fight back. “They have killed and captured many, and have destroyed the churches and devastated the empire. If you permit them to continue thus for awhile with impunity, the faithful of God will be much more widely attacked by them,” (pg 196). Pope Urban II used religion as a way to recruit men into the fight against the Muslims. He also promised them that they would be forgiven for all of their sins, if they fought for the Christians. “All who die by the way, whether by land or by sea, or in battle against the pagans, shall have immediate remission of sins. Thus I grant them through the power of God with which I am invested,” (pg 196). The pope convinced people that he was of such high status that he had the power to give redemption for peoples’ sins if they did as he wish, which, they assumed, were the same wishes of God.
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