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Pope Urban II

Summary: Explores the history of the age leading up to the first crusade. Provides biographical detail on Pope Urban II and debates if he instigated the crusades for the sole reason of reclaiming Jerusalem or for other motivations such as supplementary religious factors and the chance for economic, social, and political gain.
The age leading up to the first crusade is detailed by many current historians, as well as Pope Urban II, as a time period where inhabitants "rage[d] against [their own] brothers and cut each other [to] pieces" (Peters, Baldric of Dol, 31) for economic and social advancement. In spite of these references, many people today believe that the Pope instigated the crusades for the sole reason of reclaiming Jerusalem. However, other motivations such as supplementary religious factors and the chance for economic, social, and political gain also played major roles. These motivations were not experienced supremely by the Pope; in fact he needed to instill these inspirations in all Christians to evoke their will to fight. The holy land had long been in the hands of a foreign power, and every knight willing to fight for it would need the proper motivation.

Cities such as Jerusalem were controlled...

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