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Christian Crusades - History

Christian Crusades - History

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 The Christian Crusades' history has been highly influential in Europe and throughout the world. Itmanaged to eradicate many Christians for about two centuries and directly affected the lives of thesurviving Christians. The Christian Crusades' history had eradicated an estimated 6,000,000Christians during their reign. The estimates actually ranges from 2,000,000 to 6,000,000 basedfrom various estimates and references in history. The Christian Crusades' history had been quite adisorderly and horrifying experience for the Christians. The Christians suffered much from thehands of the Crusaders, not to mention the loss of wealth and the traumatic suffering that theyexperienced. The elements of war such as tumultuous scenes, crime, disturbance in people's wayof living, taking hostages, and other traumatic events often accompanied the holy war betweennations and regions. However, most holy wars would result to something good that could lastforever. The lessons and the pain that they left behind became the most popular lessons toremember in the history of any nation, sect, or related religion. The Christian Crusades' militarycampaigns and sanctions highly influenced the following·ÂÂÂÂÂÂ Role of the Catholic church·ÂÂÂÂÂÂ Power of the Catholic church·ÂÂÂÂÂÂ Progress or economy of affected civilization·ÂÂÂÂÂÂ Impact on the politics of the nation·ÂÂÂÂÂÂ Impede social improvement·ÂÂÂÂÂÂ Intellectual development·ÂÂÂÂÂÂ Commerce and feudalism structure·ÂÂÂÂÂÂ Material development including voyages relating to discovery The Christian Crusades greatly supported the power of the Papacy as well as highly contributed tothe wealth of the Catholic Church. The Popes therefore gained more power and influence over thepeople and the land including the economy when the Crusaders transferred the resources and thearmies to their hands. The people eventually adapted the system endorsed by the Crusaders andthe Papacy being their new leaders. The wealth of the Church increased immensely because thenorm for sale of properties is usually a fraction or a small percentage out of its actual marketvalue. People usually sell properties before they go for expeditions. Most people give lands orproperties as a token or a gift in return for the blessings and prayers that they asked from thePopes. The people highly valued the pious benedictions of the Popes done for their behalf.ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂAcross time, crusaders who had failed in their explorations and wars sought for asylum on cloistralretreats. The crusaders who sought the help of cloistered retreat houses brought and offeredgoods and other wealth. The crusaders appreciated the peace they found in cloistered retreathouses because most of them returned home with problems in health and carried or weremending broken spirits. However, the religious enthusiasts or the fanatics endowed the churchwith amass wealth and gifts. The gifts of piety significantly augmented the wealth of the churchwhile the religious fervor of the people largely increased the power of the Popes. The wealth of thechurch and the Popes increased enormously across time.ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂThe Impact of the Christian Crusades History on the Trade and CommerceÂÂÂÂÂ ÂÂÂÂÂThe most significant contribution of the Christian Crusades on the people and of the places thatthey had conquered was trading and commerce. The Christian Crusades themselves createddemand on supplies for war and food, transportation for their men, building of ships for their
numerous voyages, and trading of the eastern wares and goods across the continent of Europe.During their numerous voyages, the Crusaders brought the goods and other products of the citiesof Mosul, Cairo, Damascus, and other known cities across the seas of the Mediterranean. Most ofthese goods landed on the seaports near Italy where traders transported them to other parts ofEurope for trading. The Oriental art and beauty of their tapestries and silks enchanted theCrusaders. The elegance of the Oriental precious stones, ivory, and pearls as well as the spicesand scents or perfumes truly enchanted the Crusaders. Their beauty and art captured the heartsof the Crusaders that they called the place as the vestibule of paradise.ÂÂÂThe Crusaders and their Impact on the Land's Feudalism PracticesÂÂÂÂÂ ÂÂÂÂÂThe Crusaders affected the lives of many Europeans. Western Europe improved their feudalismpractices through the help and support of the Crusaders. Several knights, barons, and otherroyalties contributed to their crusading expedition. They even sold their lands to support theexpedition. In Syria, the commoners experienced failures and difficulties that they reverted to theold practice of royalty. Private warfare and feud between clans eventually died out when the feudallords departed from the Holy Land. The departures and the increased of the power and authorityof the royalties were more evident in France history of commerce, which was the old home of theChristian Crusades movement. The influence of the Christian Crusades Movement on the Nation's PoliticsÂÂÂÂÂ ÂÂÂÂÂDuring the Crusaders era, most nations adapted the feudal aristocracy. This made the life of thecommoners a bit difficult. The Crusaders affected the politics of a certain nation when they helpbreak the feudalism structure. The nobles who participated to the Crusaders expedition were notable to return to their homes, thus, leaving their wealth under the responsibility of their heirs.However, their heirs were not able to keep the properties. The properties and a big part of thenoble Crusaders wealth were escheated back to the King for payment of taxes and other liabilities.Most of the crusaders lost their wealth because they sometimes used their own funds to meet thecost of the expedition.ÂÂÂÂÂ ÂÂÂÂÂThe cities that the Christian Crusaders visited during their expedition greatly benefited from theexpeditions of the noble princes as well as the barons. They gained much political advantagesfrom the activities of the Crusaders that, in a way, supported them in increasing their politicalpower. During the 12th and 13th centuries, the burgher or middle social class mostly had theprivilege for access on ready money. This special privilege is given by the landlords or thesuzerains to the burgher class in return for the borrowings as well as the contributions that theyhad given to them. The Christian Crusades' history had delayed the fall of Constantinople as wellas the conquering activities of the Turks for about three centuries or maybe more. The delay ofmore than three centuries was enough to make the Germans prepare for the anticipated invasionof the Mohammedan group. The Mohammedan group invaded Europe in the 15th century. TheChristian Crusades' history had a wide influence on the social lives of the people.Â The ChristianCrusades showed the Western people an opportunity for a romantic adventure. This became theirmajor influence for Chivalry. The Crusaders' knowledge and exposure with the Eastern cultureprovided the West a great deal of influence. This is the greatest refining influence of the Crusadersto the West. Intellectual progress and the Crusades - History
ÂÂÂÂÂ ÂÂÂÂÂThe Christian Crusaders learned a lot from the culture and knowledge of other people from thedifferent lands that they had visited during their expedition, which serve to liberalize their minds.The nobles and princes went out of their homeland, far from their families, and far from the familiarscenes of their cities so they can explore and complete the mission of their expeditions. The otherobjective was to see strange lands, unfamiliar faces, experience the way of living of other people,look at the architecture of their homes and palaces, and see their dress codes or dress styles. TheCrusaders enjoyed the elegant manners and customs of the East. During those times, the Easthad surpassed the civilization of the West and the experience of the Crusaders with the Eastgreatly influenced Europe's intellectual development. The Crusaders returned with newperceptions and broader ideas on a lot of things about life, people, and commerce. They alsodeveloped wider sympathies on people.ÂÂÂÂÂ ÂÂÂÂÂThe Crusaders brought with them new materials, new ideas, and carried new perceptions aboutother people. This opened a new dimension of life for them. The Latin scholars were greatlymotivated with the knowledge that the Crusaders shared. The expeditions of the Crusaders andthe knowledge that they brought with them back home awakened Western Europe's mentalactivities. The shared knowledge finally triggered the period of the Renaissance and initiated theRevival of Learning in Western Europe. Material development and the Christian Crusades - HistoryÂÂÂÂÂ ÂÂÂÂÂThe Holy Wars triggered the material and economic growth in Europe. This paved way to thegrowth of the business enterprises in the continent. The economic development was very evidentamong the Italian cities. Most of these cities benefited from trading with the Crusaders needs fortheir expedition. Genoa, Venice, and Pisa economy significantly grew during the expedition, whichincluded opening up some trade with the East. The Crusaders often sailed across theMediterranean, Syrian coast, and several ports in Europe. In addition, the Crusaders newknowledge opened up another way of thinking towards artworks, inventions, and othermanufacturing activities in Europe. The rich culture and arts of the East influenced the materialdevelopment of the European people. The influenced were obviously evident in the artifactsshowcased by the modern museums in Europe. Voyages, Discovery, Impact of the Christian Crusades History on CivilizationÂÂÂÂÂ ÂÂÂÂÂThe interesting news that the Crusaders brought back home after their expedition ignited theinterest of some known voyage discoverers such as Sir John Mandeville and Marco Polo. TheItalian, Marco Polo, and the Englishman, Sir John Mandeville, travelled to Asia's remote areas andexplored the islands. This includes the expeditions of Columbus and Magellan, which theCrusaders interesting news about the Eastern arts and trades awakened. The interestingexpedition of the voyager Vasco de Gama could be ignited by the interesting knowledge ongeographical matters shared by the Crusaders. The Influence of the ExpeditionsÂÂÂÂÂ ÂÂÂÂÂThe various sections of the middle ages history contained interesting topics and information aboutthe great travels of the known voyagers in the world. In addition, there were important events inthe medieval times that any reader would really appreciate learning. This included the impact of

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