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The Crusades Theme: Mixed reasons for and mixed results of warfare:  The Crusades Theme: Mixed reasons for and mixed results of warfare Lesson 22 Decline of Byzantium Review from Lesson 8:  Decline of Byzantium Review from Lesson 8 In 1071, Muslim Saljuqs won an important victory at Manzikert Byzantine factions then turned on each other in civil war, allowing the Saljuqs almost free rein in Anatolia The Byzantine Emperor asked Pope Urban II to help him against the Muslims Pope Urban II:  Pope Urban II Urban responded to Byzantium’s request with a rousing speech in Clermont, France in 1095 in which he called upon Christians to “Enter upon the road to the Holy Sepulcher; wrest that land from the wicked race, and subject it to yourselves…” Urban’s speech would help launch the first of several Crusades Reasons for the Crusades:  Reasons for the Crusades The Pope hoped to unite the entire eastern Mediterranean and the divided Christian faith under the banner of the Latin Church Remember the Schism from Lesson 6 Italian city-states, with their large navies, hoped for commercial gains and were therefore keen supporters of the Crusades Reasons for the Crusades:  Reasons for the Crusades The Byzantine Empire was in severe decline and no longer could act as a buffer between the Muslim East and the Catholic West Christian pilgrims visiting the holy sites in Jerusalem began experiencing increased harassment and danger “A pilgrim camp near Jericho” by David Roberts A New Concept of War:  A New Concept of War Augustine’s Just War Theory Waged under the auspices of the state Vindication of justice (defense of life and property) Restrained conduct with regard to the enemy, non-combatants, and prisoners The Crusades At behest of the Pope, but under operational control of the kings Defense of the faith No restraint in dealing with the infidel The change was justified based on the Biblical accounts of the conquest of Canaan by Joshua (remember Lesson 10) Mobilization of the Crusades:  Mobilization of the Crusades Pope Urban traveled to various cities for nine months preaching the Crusade and offering extraordinary inducements to include a plenary indulgence remitting all punishments due to sin for those who died on the Crusade Serfs were allowed to leave the land to which they were bound Citizens were exempted from taxes Debtors were given a moratorium on interest Prisoners were freed and death sentences were commuted by a bold extension of Papal authority to life service in Palestine The Crusaders:  The Crusaders The variety of motivations resulted in a varied assembly Men tired of hopeless poverty Adventurers seeking action Merchants looking for new markets Lords whose enlisting serfs had left them laborless Sincerely religious individuals wanting to rescue the land of Christ The First Crusade:  The First Crusade The word “crusade” comes from the Spanish cruzade which means “marked with the cross” Crusaders wore red crosses on their chests to symbolize their purpose The First Crusade:  The First Crusade Urban had appointed August 1096 as the time of departure, but many of the impatient peasants, who were among the first recruits, could not wait Led by such personalities as Peter the Hermit and Walter the Penniless, they set out in three groups and quickly devolved into disorder, hunger, and ill-discipline They were all but annihilated by a force of Turks at Nicea “Alexius Comnenus, Emperor of the East, receives Peter the Hermit at Constantinople, August 1096” by Gillot Saint-Evre The First Crusade:  The First Crusade The more organized Crusaders, under the divided leadership of various feudal leaders, moved by various routes to Constantinople There the Emperor Alexius gave them provisions and bribes in exchange for a pledge of fealty Alexius was somewhat afraid the Crusaders had designs on Constantinople as well as Jerusalem Duke Godfrey of Bouillon was among the most brave, pious, competent, and fanatical of the First Crusade leaders The First Crusade:  The First Crusade The First Crusaders met an even more divided Muslim force and won victories at Nicea on June 19, 1097 and Antioch on June 3, 1098 By June 7, 1099, after a three year campaign, 12,000 of the original 30,000 Crusaders reached Jerusalem Siege of Antioch The First Crusade:  The First Crusade On July 15 the Crusaders went over the city walls and unleashed unbridled carnage Blood reportedly ran knee-deep 70,000 Moslems were slaughtered Jews were herded into a synagogue and burned alive The First Crusade:  The First Crusade Administrative rule of Jerusalem proved problematic Eventually the kingdom was parceled into practically independent fiefs and barons assumed all ownership of land, reducing the former owners to the condition of serfs The kingdom was further weakened by the ceding of several ports to the Italian city-states in exchange for naval support and seaborne supplies The native Christian population came to look back on the era of Moslem rule as a golden age Godfrey served as the first ruler of Jerusalem Knights:  Knights The establishment of new orders of military monks partially offset these weaknesses The Knights of the Hospital of Saint John and the Knights Templar began by protecting and nursing pilgrims but gravitated to active attacks on Moslem strongholds Both orders would come to play prominent roles in the battles of the Crusades and earned great reputations as warriors Seal of the Knights Templar Moslem Counterattack:  Moslem Counterattack Most of the Crusaders returned to Europe after freeing Jerusalem, creating a manpower shortage Moslem refugees retreated to Baghdad and demanded a force retake Jerusalem In 1144, Moslems under Zangi retook the Christian’s eastern-most outpost at al-Ruah and then Edessa Such developments would spur the Second Crusade The Second Crusade:  The Second Crusade St. Bernard appealed to Pope Eugenius II to call for another Crusade, but Eugenius begged Bernard to undertake the task himself Bernard persuaded King Louis VII of France and then Emperor Conrad III of Germany to accept the Crusade At Easter 1147 the Germans set out and the French followed at Pentecost Conrad approaching Constantinople The Second Crusade:  The Second Crusade This time the Moslems were ready At Dorylaeum, the Germans were defeated so badly that barely one in ten Christians survived At Attalia, nearly every Frenchman was slaughtered Eventually the Crusaders joined forces and lay siege to Damascus, but were soundly defeated The Second Crusade:  The Second Crusade News of the defeat of the Second Crusade shocked Europe Christians wondered how God could allow them to be so humiliated by the infidel Bernard explained that the defeat must be punishment for sins Enthusiasm for the Crusades waned rapidly While the Latin kingdom of Jerusalem continued to be torn by internal strife, its Moslem enemies were moving toward unity Saladin:  Saladin In 1175, Saladin brought Egypt and Moslem Syria under one rule In 1185, he signed a four-year truce with the Latin kingdom but the Christians violated it by attacking a Moslem caravan and capturing Saladin’s sister He declared a holy war against the Christians and captured Jerusalem in 1187 His terms were much more generous than those of the Crusaders in 1099 Saladin: one of the few Crusade personalities generally described favorably by both Eastern and Western sources The Third Crusade:  The Third Crusade The Christians were able to retain Tyre, Antioch, and Tripoli and the Italian fleets still controlled the Mediterranean William, Archbishop of Tyre, returned to Europe to call for a Crusade Frederick Barbarossa of Germany set out with his army in 1189 but had little success “March of the Crusaders” by George Inness The Third Crusade:  The Third Crusade Then Richard I the Lion Heart of England took up the cause and took Philip Augustus, the French king, with him to ensure the French didn’t encroach on English territory in his absence The Christians captured Acre and an ill Philip Augustus returned to France, leaving Richard in sole charge of the Third Crusade Still Richard would face divisions as the German troops returned to Germany and French troops repeatedly disobeyed orders The Third Crusade:  The Third Crusade Richard and Saladin embarked on a “unique campaign in which blows and battles alternated with compliments and courtesies” (Durant, 599) The two executed enemy prisoners they held Richard proposed his sister marry Saladin’s brother They signed peace treaties then rejected them Richard conferred knighthood on the son of a Moslem ambassador Richard got sick and Saladin sent him his own physician and some fruit Saladin saw Richard unmounted in battle and sent him a horse The Third Crusade:  The Third Crusade In the end Richard and Saladin signed a peace for three years beginning Sept 2, 1192 Richard would keep the coastal cities he had captured from Acre to Jaffa Moslems and Christians could pass freely into and from each other’s territory Pilgrims would be protected in Jerusalem But… Jerusalem would remain in Moslem hands The Third Crusade:  The Third Crusade Richard had possessed superior brilliance, courage, and knowledge of the military art, but Saladin’s moderation, patience, and justice had carried the day The relative unity and fidelity of the Moslems had once again triumphed over the Christians’ divisions and disloyalties The Fourth Crusade:  The Fourth Crusade Acre was free but Jerusalem was still in Moslem hands Europe was in turmoil with problems such as renewed fighting between France and England, but the death of Saladin and the breakup of his empire renewed hope for another Crusade In exchange for its financial support, Venice exacted a promise that the Crusaders would capture the important port of Zara and turn it over to her Zara belonged to Hungary and was stiff competition to Venice’s maritime trade Pope Innocent III denounced the scheme but to no avail The Fourth Crusade would be marked by avarice The Fourth Crusade:  The Fourth Crusade Part of the avarice was the temptation to capture Constantinople which had derived much profit from the Crusades Seizing Constantinople would not only provide financial benefit, it would also restore it to the Western Church In 1204 the Crusaders captured and looted Constantinople The Fourth Crusade:  The Fourth Crusade The Byzantine Empire was divided into feudal dominions, each ruled by a Latin noble Most Crusaders returned home, perhaps thinking that by securing Constantinople they now had a stronger base against the Moslems Only a handful continued to Palestine and had no effect there The Byzantine Empire never recovered and the Latin capture of Constantinople served to prepare it for capture by the Turks two centuries later Collapse of the Crusades:  Collapse of the Crusades The scandal of the Fourth Crusade and the failure of the Third quenched the greater fire for Crusades but several half-hearted efforts would continue until 1291 In 1291, the Moslems seized Acre Tyre, Sidon, Haifa, and Beirut fell soon afterward Among the ineffective latter crusades was the “Children’s Crusade” of 1212 in which thousands of children ended up drowning or being sold into slavery Crusades and the Principles of War:  Crusades and the Principles of War Maneuver Mass Surprise Security Objective Economy of Force Offensive Unity of Command Simplicity The Crusades and the Principles of War:  Maneuver Very limited. Heavy reliance on sieges. Mass The Germans and French advanced separately on the Second Crusade and were each defeated at Dorylaeum and Attalia, respectively Surprise The Second Crusade advanced along the same route as the First Crusade and the Moslems were ready for them Objective The Crusades meant different things to different people and the various objectives often worked at cross-purposes such as the economic motivations of the Italian city-states The Crusades and the Principles of War The Crusades and the Principles of War:  The Crusades and the Principles of War Economy of force ???? Offensive The Christians relative military, economic, and political power allowed them to take the offensive, but extended distances made the offensive difficult to sustain Unity of command The Crusaders seldom achieved this, such as in the Third Crusade when French troops refused to obey Richard’s orders Simplicity Motley crew of Crusaders required simple tactics Results of the Crusades:  Results of the Crusades Failures Jerusalem was in Moslem hands Christian pilgrims became fewer and more fearful than ever The Moslem powers, once tolerant of religious diversity, had been made intolerant by attack The effort of the popes to bring peace and unity to Europe had been thwarted by nationalistic ambitions, avarice, and internal dissension The influence of the Catholic Church and the position of the pope declined and the schism between the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic Church widened Results of the Crusades:  Results of the Crusades Failures Moslem civilization had been victorious over Christian civilization Indigenous eastern Christians were caught in the middle between Crusaders and Moslems, and many who were outraged by the excesses of the Crusaders or who wanted to avoid persecution by Moslem leaders who saw them as collaborators with the Crusaders converted to Islam In fact, the Crusades ironically proved instrumental in making the eastern Mediterranean predominantly Moslem Results of the Crusades:  Results of the Crusades Successes Serfs had used the Crusades to leave their lands and many found new opportunities The Turkish capture of Constantinople was delayed until 1453 The Moslems, even though victorious, had themselves been weakened, and fell more easily when the Mongols attacked Remember from Lesson 21 Trade and exploration were enhanced Trade:  Trade Italian traders obviously benefited from supplying the Crusades while they were going on, but they also saw an opportunity to expand their market by establishing direct trade with the Moslem world The lucrative trade provided great profit to the Italian city-states and ultimately provided the economic basis for the Italian Renaissance we’ll discuss in Lesson 24 Lorenzo de Medici was part of a family that ruled Florence and served as bankers for the Crusades and patrons of the Renaissance Trade:  Trade The most important trade item were spices Other items included cotton, linen, dates, coral, pearls, porcelain, silk, and metal goods Damascus was a key center for industry and commerce and a stopping point for pilgrims on their way to Mecca Egyptian scarf or garment fragment ca 1395 Trade:  Trade European Christians also became exposed to new ideas as they traveled throughout the Mediterranean basin The works of Aristotle Islamic science and astronomy “Arabic” numerals which the Moslems had borrowed from India Techniques for paper production which the Moslems had learned from China While the Crusades may have largely failed as military adventures, they helped encourage the reintegration of western Europe into the larger economy of the western hemisphere The Reconquista of Spain:  The Reconquista of Spain The Christians did have better success wresting Sicily and Spain from the Moslems in actions separate from the Crusades Sicily was regained relatively easily Moslems had conquered it in the 9th Century but in the 1090, after about 20 years of fighting, Norman warriors returned it to Christian hands Spain would be a bit more of a challenge The Reconquista of Spain:  The Reconquista of Spain Moslems invaded the Iberian Peninsula in the early 8th Century and ruled all but small Christian states such as Catalonia In the 1060s Christians began attacking outward from these toeholds The Reconquista of Spain:  The Reconquista of Spain By 1150 Christians had recaptured Lisbon and controlled over half the peninsula These successes lured reinforcements from England and France and a new round of campaigning in the 13th Century brought all but Granada into Christian hands In 1492, Christian forces conquered Granada and the Reconquista was complete Immediate Impact of the Reconquista:  Immediate Impact of the Reconquista After the successful Reconquista, the devoutly Christian rulers of Spain and Portugal were eager to dominate the Islamic states in North Africa and to convert non-Christians The desire to spread Christianity would be one of the motives for the European explorations we’ll discuss in Lesson 25 1492 was the year of both the completion of the Reconquista and Columbus’ voyage to the New World Relevance of the Crusades Today:  Relevance of the Crusades Today Just days after the September 11, 2001 attacks, President Bush declared, “This crusade, this war on terrorism is going to take a while.” Bush’s word choice caused significant controversy, especially in Europe and Arab countries Later White House spokesman Ari Fleischer explained, “I think to the degree that that word has any connotations that would upset any of our partners or anybody else in the world, the president would regret if anything like that was conveyed. But the purpose of his conveying it is in the traditional English sense of the word, it's a broad cause.” Why the fuss? Clash of Civilizations:  Clash of Civilizations “We have to avoid a clash of civilizations at all costs.” French foreign minister Hubert Vedrine That expressions come from Samuel Huntington’s 1993 assessment that “The clash of civilizations will dominate global politics. The fault lines between civilizations will be the battle lines of the future…. Conflict along the fault line between Western and Islamic civilizations has been going on for 1,300 years.… This centuries-old military interaction between the West and Islam is unlikely to decline. It could become more virulent ” This will be a significant theme during Block 5 Next:  Next Long-distance Trade and the Silk Roads Network

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