The Crusades – Facts & Summaries

The first of the Crusades began in 1095, when armies of Christians from Western Europe responded to Pope Urban II’s plea to go to war against Muslim forces in the Holy Land. After the First Crusade achieved its goal with the capture of Jerusalem in 1099, the invading Christians set up several Latin Christian states, even as Muslims in the region vowed to wage holy war (jihad) to regain control over the region. Deteriorating relations between the Crusaders and their Christian allies in the Byzantine Empire culminated in the sack of Constantinople in 1204 during the Third Crusade. Near the end of the 13th century, the rising Mamluk dynasty in Egypt provided the final reckoning for the Crusaders, toppling the coastal stronghold of Acre and driving the European invaders out of Palestine and Syria in 1291.

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11 Responses to The Crusades – Facts & Summaries

  1. Rob says:

    This article conveniently ignores the fact that the Crusades were a response to the Mohammedan invasion of Christian Europe. Mohammedans have always been the aggressors in the conquest of non-combatant cultures.

    Three hundred years before the first Crusade, Charles Martel turned back the Mohammedan hordes at the gates of Vienna. They were never innocent victims of the Christians.

    • susan says:


    • Phillip Gouin says:

      Charles Martel turned away muslim invasion at the battle of tours in France. It was Sobieski at the siege of Vienna in 1683 vs the ottomans.

      • Rob says:

        Thanks for the correction, I appreciate it. That’s what you get when you’re self-educated….

  2. hbbill says:

    Let’s not forget the muslin incursion into Spain in 711. It took the Spaniards until 1492 to finally boot them out.

  3. vorkosigan says:

    460 years after the first Christian city was overrun by Muslim armies
    457 years after Jerusalem was conquered by Muslim armies
    453 years after Egypt was taken by Muslim armies
    443 years after Muslims first plundered Italy
    427 years after Muslim armies first laid siege to the Christian capitol of Constantinople
    380 years after Spain was conquered by Muslim armies
    363 years after France was first attacked by Muslim armies
    249 years after Rome itself was sacked by a Muslim army, and only after centuries of church burnings, killings, enslavement, and forced conversions of Christians.
    By the time the Crusades finally began, Muslim armies had conquered two- thirds of the
    Christian world. So much for being the victim.

    • crazyeighter says:

      Sort of like the Israelites whupping up on the Amalekites 300 years after the Amelikites attacked them.

  4. wtf! luis says:

    Remember when OBama-piece of shit gave a speech making it seem the crusaders were the bad guys?

  5. Jack58 says:

    And after the fall of Constantinople the fucking Musloids took the greatest Christian cathedral/ construct since man first stacked one brick atop another …. and turned it into a mosque.

    • Wirecutter says:

      They’ve pretty much done that to every church in every region they’ve conquered. Shit, they built a fucking mosque on the Temple Mount right above the Holy of Holies.

  6. Andrew says:

    A lot of the cause of the Crusades was the enslavement and killing of Christian pilgrims and the sacking and destruction of Christian communities throughout the Holy Lands, not because of the Holy Roman Emperor.
    And one of the most successful landings of the First Crusade went directly from Italy to the holy lands via ship. Bohemond and Tancred. Kicked the living fuck out of the towelhead defenders.

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