A Look Back At The Crusades

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The Crusades had a great impact on my life. It brought both times of excitementand also many times of sorrow. The Crusades first started in 1095 (Oakes 50) when aman, Peter the Hermit, went through Europe convincing the people that the Holy Landwas in the wrong hands (Coggins 75). The Turks had invaded and taken over the city ofJerusalem and the Holy Land (Oakes 53). After taking over our sacred lands, they forbadeall Christians from going on pilgrimages. The people of Europe were very upset. A largenumber of great armies were sent into the Holy Land to return the land to us, theChristian people (McDonald 463). All of this started many years before I was born. Ibecame a part of the Crusades about forty years ago. I was a young energetic squiretraveling with my father, a knight, and several other knights. We had traveled into theHoly Land to search for an ancient Christian relic. Our party was in search of a lost pieceof the Holy Cross. There were nearly thirty people traveling in our party. Of the thirtyapproximately ten were knights and an equal number of squires. The rest of the party wasmade up of pilgrims traveling along with us in hope of seeing a piece of the cross.We had traveled over many miles of land and seen numerous battles. There weremany fights going on as our armies fought furiously to gain back control of the HolyLand (Oakes 53). I had met several knights that had made the trip to Jerusalem. I hopedthat one day I may be able to visit the city. Most of the knights that had visit Jerusalemhad a great hatred for the Moslems (Johnson). It was as if seeing Jerusalem underMoslem control enhanced the anger that was already stirring in the knights (Johnson).Knights that were once clam and level-headed would strike out at the Moslems and killthe harmless Moslem villagers (Billings 86). I was afraid that if I were to make it toJerusalem that hate would overcome me. Fortunately, I never made it there. TheCrusades ended a short number of years ago when the Moslems took control over thestronghold of Acre (Coggins 73). This defeat was devastating. Acre was the primaryMiller 3stronghold of Crusaders in the Holy Land. My father and many fellow knights were eitherkilled or taken prisoner defending the city. Many of us had to flee before the Moslemsentered the city. This was the last time I saw my father and many close friends. This wasa moment in my life that I will remember always.There were many different people that I met while traveling on the Crusadesthrough the Holy Land. There were people from all over Europe. I encountered peoplefrom England, France, Germany, Spain, and several other countries (Coggins 72). It wasexciting to meet people from such a variety of different places. Some...

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