Pope Urban II’s speech
You read several versions of Pope Urban II’s speech launching the First Crusade. What are the common themes found in these versions of the event, and how do you think they were used to motivate those who became Crusaders? There were some glaring historical ironies in this module. For example, the Crusaders claimed they were going to liberate the Christians of the Middle East, but slaughtered them instead. Another example: the Mongols wrecked incalculable destruction on the lands they conquered, and then spent the subsequent decades trying to rebuild what they had destroyed. As historians, how can we wrestle with these devastating ironies?
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