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Cruades questions

Source #1
Your brethren (other Christians) who live in the east are in urgent need of your help and you must hasten (hurry) to give them the aid which has often been promised to them. For, as most of you have heard, the Turks and Arabs have attacked them…They have killed and captured many, and have destroyed the churches…If you permit them to continue…the faithful of God will be much more widely attacked by them. On this account I, or rather the Lord, beseech (beg) you…to persuade all people of whatever rank, foot-soldiers and knights, poor and rich, to carry aid promptly to those Christians and to destroy that vile race from the lands of our friends…Christ commands it! - Pope Urban speaking to a Council of Christian Bishops
Why Did People Go on the Crusades? – Part I
Source #1 – Questions and answers:

  1. What did Pope Urban say was happening to Christians and their churches in the east (the “Holy Land”)?



  1. What kinds of people did Pope Urban think should go to the aid of Christians?



  1. Pope Urban speaks about a ‘vile race’ (mean or repulsive). Which group of people is he talking about and why do you think he called them that?



  1. According to this source, what was the reason for going on the Crusades?


Source #2
All who die on the way (going to the Holy Land), whether by land or by sea, or in battle against the pagans (people who were not medieval Christians) shall have immediate remission of sins [will have their sins forgiven.]. Oh what a disgrace if such a despised race, which worships demons, should conquer a people which has the faith of God and is made glorious with the name of Christ!
- Pope Urban speaking to a council of Christian Bishops
Source #2 – Questions and answers:

  1. What did Pope Urban promise those who joined the Crusades?



  1. Do you think this would have persuaded people to go? Why?



  1. Why did Pope Urban think Christians should win?



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