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First Crusade History

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Which of the following empires was considered the Eastern Roman Empire?

The Byzantine Empire

What was the primary cause of the First Crusade?

The expansion of Islam

Which of the following regions was not conquered by Muslims before the First Crusade?

Western Europe

What was the primary goal of the Crusaders during the First Crusade?

To control the city of Jerusalem

During which century did the First Crusade take place?

11th century

What was one of the main long-term effects of the Crusades on Europe?

It exposed Europeans to goods from the Middle East and Far East

Which of the following was a motivation for some European noblemen to join the Crusades?

To gain fame and glory

What did the Crusaders establish in the Middle East after capturing Jerusalem?

Crusader states controlled by a European ruling elite

Which of the following was NOT one of the Crusader states established in the Middle East?

The Sultanate of Damascus

What factor contributed to the tenuous control of the Crusader states?

The growing strength of the Turks and Arab empires

What was the primary reason for the Byzantine Emperor Alexios I Komnenos to request help from Western Europe?

To retake territory lost to the Seljuk Turks

What was ironic about Alexios I Komnenos's request for aid from Pope Urban II?

The Byzantine Empire had formally severed ties with the Catholic Church during the Great Schism

Why did Pope Urban II call for a crusade, according to the text?

To gain control of trade routes and land in the Middle East, in addition to religious reasons

What tangible rewards did Pope Urban II promise to those who participated in the Crusades?

Land in and around Jerusalem, and reduced time in purgatory

What was the fate of the People's Crusade, a group of peasants led by Peter the Hermit?

Almost all of them died, but Peter the Hermit may have survived

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The Byzantine Empire

  • The Byzantine Empire, also known as the Eastern Roman Empire, was a large, Greek-speaking empire that controlled much of the eastern Mediterranean.
  • The capital of the Byzantine Empire was the city of Constantinople, which is now called Istanbul.
  • The power and influence of the Byzantine Empire had been dwindling due to the expansion of various Islamic powers.

Causes of the Crusades

  • The expansion of Islam led to the Crusades, a series of holy wars launched by Christian powers to reconquer land acquired by Muslims.
  • The most important goal of the Crusaders was control of the city of Jerusalem, which was holy to Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike.

The First Crusade

  • The First Crusade took place between 1096 and 1099.
  • The Crusade was sparked by the Byzantine Emperor Alexios I Komnenos, who asked for help from Western Europe in order to retake territory lost to the Turks.
  • Pope Urban II agreed to help and called for a crusade at the Council of Clermont in 1095.

The Council of Clermont

  • At the Council of Clermont, Pope Urban II used anti-Muslim propaganda to stir up religious fervor among Europeans.
  • He promised tangible rewards to people who participated in the Crusades, including land in and around Jerusalem.
  • The pope also offered indulgences to Crusaders, which reduced their time in purgatory.

The Crusader States

  • The Crusaders captured Jerusalem and set up a number of Crusader states in the Middle East, including the Kingdom of Jerusalem, the County of Edessa, the County of Tripoli, and the Principality of Antioch.
  • Control of these kingdoms was tenuous due to the growing strength of the Turks and Arab empires.

The People's Crusade

  • The People's Crusade consisted of ordinary people who sought to fight in the Holy Land, led by Peter the Hermit.
  • Up to 40,000 peasants participated in the Crusade, motivated by religious fervor, but most of them died.

Effects of the Crusades

  • The Crusades led to the capture of Jerusalem and the formation of Crusader states, temporarily halting the expansion of Islam.
  • The Crusades also exposed Europeans to a variety of goods from the Middle East and the Far East, leading to the rise of Italian city-states as major trading powers and ultimately the Era of Exploration.

Explore the history of the First Crusade which took place during the 11th century involving powerful Christian nations like the Byzantine Empire, The Holy Roman Empire, and the Kingdom of France. Learn about the Byzantine Empire, its capital Constantinople (now Istanbul), and the events leading to the First Crusade.

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