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Were Religious Beliefs the Most Important Reason for Going on Crusades?

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Where Religious Beliefs the Most Important Reason for Going on Crusades? 7th December, 2009 The Crusades were a series of military campaigns fighting over the huge topic of religion. They were usually Christians fighting against Muslims, and this was certainly the case in the Crusades to restore Christian control of the Holy Land. When you think of the reasons why people go on Crusades, you would say that religion is of course the most important reason. But, as I will prove in this essay, for a majority of people, religion is not important as they have ulterior motives. Religion was so important in those days. ...read more.

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Many of the ordinary soldiers went simply because they were paid to do so, serving as mercenaries, with the attraction of rich plunder to draw them. This was the largest group of people who went to fight. The great knights of the age could not be seen to be missing out on such a noble cause. The knights have reputations to hold up and the public would call him a disgrace if he did not fight, especially as it involves the major factor of religion. It was not only the soldiers who went on the Crusades. As you can imagine, a war on such a large scale requires many services. ...read more.

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New lands hold new opportunities and they took advantage of the Crusades to create a family in foreign lands. Of course, any event of this type collected a group of people with no other reason except plundering and any other dishonest gains that they could obtain. And, any crimes the commit are immediately forgiven by the Pope because this was a religious war. As you can see from this essay, there many other reasons why people go on the crusades, besides the obvious religion cause. Religion would have been a reason for everyone, but very few people had no hidden motives, or agendas. However strange this seems, this essay proves that religion, all though in a perfect world it would have been, the most important cause for going on crusades. ...read more.

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