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Women During the Period of Crusades. Crusades were expeditions as well as being holy wars; as a result women did at hand take the cross and joined the crusades, regardless of those who lectured about women to send money to fund the troops instead of arri

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Women During the Period of Crusades The illustration painted of medieval women in history is often not a perfect one. It appears that women were often required to take a step back by the male dominated social order. Throughout time, women have indirectly influenced the outcome of history, whether or not the power and social struggles were recorded. The Crusades were a series of holy wars between the Christians and the Muslims that began in 1095 for Jerusalem, the holy land of both religions. These wars were mainly battles fought by men, but few people recognized the effects that women had during these times. The importance and contribution focuses on women during the period of Crusades, in which women played a part in every aspect of the Crusades from state affairs to actual combat. After the first crusade ended in a bloody, dreadful failure the Pope ordered that no women, children, or elders could be involved or go along with the men of the Crusades. Nonetheless many women went together with their husbands on the Crusades anyways, paying no attention to the ban of Pope. By having women on the journey, helped the fighting men through the fact that they could comfort and support them along the journey and so keep their mental frame of mind intact. Crusades were expeditions as well as being holy wars; as a result women did at hand take the cross and joined the crusades, regardless of those who lectured about women to send money to fund the troops instead of arriving in person. The men's point of view were much the same as those currently who disagree that women should not fight in the armed forces today: that women were not physically capable to add to the military effort, that they were a drain on resources, and their company was a distraction to men. ...read more.


The famous female crusader who completely ignored this ban was Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine. At age fifteen Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine married Louis VII, King of France, with that she brought into the marriage her huge dowry of assets. Eleanor, the daring lady that she was, claimed on leaving with her husband to battle in the Crusade. "Contributing thousands of fighters to help in the Second Crusade, Eleanor made sure that she would go too, alongside with her three hundred of ladies in waiting. These women clothed in body armor and bared arms, but on no account fought." Eleanor was very enthusiastic about the Crusades and understood that every person must aid the warriors by some mean. She was in favor of the Crusades that she would gallop around cities on her horse, urging the townspeople to join the crusades. The church may have been grateful to receive her thousands of fighting vassals, but they grew considerably less happy when Eleanor proclaimed that she proposed to go with the crusaders with no plans of letting anybody prevent her from going. Her reason for attending the crusades was that she was departing to assist the wounded. She needed this excuse to get around the ban that Pope Urban II had set on women not being able to attend the crusades. The women never in reality anticipated to fight, but they wanted to prove their support and faithfulness towards the crusaders. They also wanted to demonstrate to the men that they were prepared to battle if they required to. When King and Queen arrived at the city of Antioch, Eleanor found herself in profound friendship with Raymond, her uncle, who had been chosen prince of the city. ...read more.


Although men mainly dominated society during these times, it is a serious misconception to think that the woman of this era were only responsible for the affairs of their everyday life. Men learned to except and even follow the ideas and actions of women during the Crusades. An expanding economy as well as the large number of casualties caused by the war and absence of many men in the towns allowed women to assume many more roles than they were able to or allowed before. On the other hand, it is clear that countless men brought their wife and children with them on crusade, some mothers even brought their sons to battles. Women expected their husbands, sons, and lovers to go on crusade and apparently a number of them went along with them. Women helped with essential tasks inside the camp, such as moving dirt to fill in the trench around a surrounded city. Women also acted as support forces, bringing water to the fighters, presumably applying first aid to the wounded, using bows, operating catapults and finally prostitution. Upper class women such as noblewomen can be in charge of the protection, of a fortress, or sponsor and manage the development of castles. When regarding about the Crusades, hardly any people reflect on the consequences that women did during these period. Both women and men set off for the Holy Lands, excited to be rid away with their sins and receive exceptional glory from God for their attempts to liberate Jerusalem from Muslim control. The campaign for the crusade rapidly gathered people of all walks of life and became a widespread movement. Soon, a large, mob consisting of women quickly accumulated, and each woman believed to be led by God himself. From this mass of women, the figure well known for the idea of the crusade emerged. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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