The Crusades The Quest For Holy Land — страница 3
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them by Hungary. The leaders of the crusade had no other choice. Some protested, saying that an attack on a Christian city is a sin. On November 24, Zara was captured(Mayer 187). On June 24, 1203, the fleet anchored at Chalcedon, and on July 17, Constantinople was attacked from sea and land. Emperor Alexius III fled in fear. Isaac II Angelus and his son Alexius IV became co-emperors. In a revolt in January 1204, both were murdered. Alexius V Ducas Murzuphlus became emperor. On April 12, 1204, they stormed the city and took control of the walls. On April 14, Constantinople was captured (Mayer 191). The Crusaders and Venetians murdered and looted for three days. Afterwards, the crusaders started their own empire in the Byzantine ruins with a Catholic religion, French speech, and Italian commercial policies. The Children’s Crusade of 1212 began in Rhineland and Lower Lorraine. In the spring, large crowds of children gathered there. The leader was a boy named Nicholas from Cologne(Mayer 203). The goal of this crusade was to capture the Holy Land. The French King persuaded a large group of French children to return home. The group led by Nicholas reached Genoa on August 25. They expected God to allow them to walk across the sea but that didn’t happen. What happened after that is a mystery. In 1213,Innocent III opened a new crusade. He had no doubt about the Fifth Crusade because the Book of Revelations said that Islam would last less than 666 years. It started in 622 A.D. so they thought it would end by 1288 A.D. Innocent III died on July 16, 1216 and Honorlus III became his successor(Mayer 209). He was dedicated to the crusade but lacked the political strength and energy of Innocent III. In return for the capture of Zara during the Fourth Crusade , the Venetians agreed to transport the Hungarian army. The crusaders arrived at Acre in May 1218. Egypt was now the target. If they could get it, all of southern Palestine could be easily attained. On May 29, 1218, the fleet anchored off shore and the army was placed on the west bank of the Nile. The crusaders overtook a tower protecting Damietta. Instead of attacking Damietta, the crusaders waited for reinforcements. Saladin’s nephew, Sultan al-Kamil, attacked the crusader camp but was defeated. In September al-Kamil offered Jerusalem, Palestine, Galilee, and the return of the true cross if the Christians evacuated Egypt. Cardinal Pelagius, leader of the Christian army, rejected the offer. He didn’t want to come to terms with the Muslims. On November 5, 1219, Damietta was captured (Mayer 214). In August 1221, the Crusaders attacked the Egyptians but were forced to surrender Damitetta. Emperor Frederick II took up the Sixth Crusade in 1215(Mayer 219). Political problems in the west kept him from joining. He wanted to boost his appearance by regaining the Holy Land. Pope Gregory IX excommunicated him in 1227 when his journey was delayed more because of an illness(Pernoud 10). He finally left for the Holy Land in June 1228. In February 1229, Sultan al-Kamil surrendered Jerusalem because he was afraid of Frederick’s expedition(Pernoud 10). A ten year truce was agreed upon. No blood was shed during this peaceful, political crusade. King Louis IX of France organized the Seventh Crusade after the Muslims recaptured Jerusalem in 1244. Louis spent four years planning, and at the end of August 1248, Louis and his army sailed to Cyprus(Pernoud 10). The army spent the winter in Cyprus while waiting for reinforcements. The fleet left at the end of May and stopped off at Damietta on June 5, 1249. On June 6, the citizens of Damietta evacuated in a panic. The crusaders spent the summer in Damietta waiting for reinforcements. On November 20, 1249, the army started to march to Cairo(Pernoud 10). In the spring of 1250, they attacked Cairo. Louis surrendered to the Egyptians in April 1250. Damietta was given up and a ransom was paid. As you can see, the crusades were one of the most violent periods of time. Throughout the Crusades the crusaders lost focus of their original objective, which was to promote christianity while regaining the holy land. In the end they not only promoted christianity, they promoted bloodshed.
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