The crusades were a bunch of military campaigns during the Medieval times, it was a wide range of European that was Christians against Muslims in the middle east. The Muslims just captured the holy city of Jerusalem. Jerusalem to the Christians was a city that Jesus Christ was born near too, and the place Jesus Christ spend most of his days. He was also crucified in Jerusalem. All of this means that Jerusalem is the holy land to the Christians, it was the most important city in the whole world. But Jerusalem is also a very important and holy city to the Muslims. So the two religions fought, there are a series of military campaigns that the Christians from Europe head to Jerusalem to fight for the city while Muslims fight to keep it. The Christians brought whoever they can find to fight for the Holy Land. But in Life During the Crusades by Stuart Kallen is all about the crusades, the central idea of the crusades wasn’t because of religion, they fought for the wealth. If you go to the Holy land and come back, you can become really wealthy. So people killed and destroyed the Holy land for the wealth. And after all the fighting the people that was affected the most was the innocents.
In the first place all this fighting was because of the religion, it was because that people was greedy for wealth. “The crusades continued until 1291, but like the sack of Constantinople, the fighting in the final years was driven by the the quest for wealth and power than religious belief. As with most wars, those who suffered most were innocent women, children and the elderly, who had little to gain and much to lose. They would never replace the homes, schools, and shops destroyed by war” (Kallen 83). Many has their life because of people being too greedy for wealth. Many displaced, schools and homes all gone. All this comes to innocents being affected the most. The crusaders kill the innocents just to loot their pockets for money. The innocent had nowhere to go just because people wanted to become rich. “When not pillaging, the crusaders engaged in widespread murder and torture, killing priests, bishops, and monks. Womenwere forced to remove their clothing in case they might be hiding jewelry or other valuables.”(Kallen 83). People were killed and looted for money, women had to take of their clothing to check if they had valuables. Crusaders was this desperate for wealth, so much killed and tortured. Because of crusaders wanting wealth, they killed and looted bodies, with all the killing. Innocents are the ones affected the most.
After all, the central idea of the crusades wasn’t because of religion, they fought for the wealth. If you go to the Holy land and come back, you can become really wealthy. So people killed and destroyed the Holy land for the wealth. And after all the fighting the people that was affected the most was the innocents. The people that was affected the most are the innocents, just because that crusaders looted them to the point of nothing. Homes, schools were all destroyed innocents suffered. Crusaders invaded mainly for the wealth. It was never about the Christians and Muslims fighting for a Holy Land. Crusaders went just because of the wealth. DEUS VULT. (its latin)