On Monday, October 29th, my new blog, Crusades and Crusaders will officially be launched.
What, you’re probably asking, is this blog going to be all about?
Here is an outline:
The crusades were one of the most significant and, in a way, transformative events in Medieval Europe. Yet, they were incredibly violent. From the time Pope Urban II preached the crusade, in late November of 1095, until the fall of Acre in 1291, hundreds of thousands of men, women and children made the perilous journey east to aid in the liberation of Jerusalem–the Holy Land–from the Muslims. Pilgrims, knights, men-at-arms, priests, bishops and Lords suffered intense heat, cold, starvation and died as a result. Many more died at the hands of Turkish raiders.
Why, one must ask, did these people venture into unknown territory, knowing all too well the danger that lay ahead? The answer is simple: they believed that their efforts to liberate Jerusalem from the Muslims would earn them eternal salvation as promised by Pope Urban himself.
The crusades paved the way for advancement of Western Civilization on two fronts: they unified the warrior elite who, prior to 1095, spilt each other’s blood over land disputes, and they opened up a lucrative trading route between Western Europe and the Near East. Europeans–then known as Franks and/or Normans–had access to new military technology, spices and literature that was immersed in the study of science, astrology and mathematics. Such literature was written and observed by Arab Theologians and Philosophers.
On the other hand, the crusades created tension and hatred between the Christian world and that of the Muslims, which still persists to this very day.
I am going to chronicle the crusades, from the late eleventh century until the late thirteenth century. I will even elaborate on post-thirteenth century crusades; crusades that were launched against the Muslims in Spain and in the Baltic.
This blog is meant for high school and college students; anyone who loves Medieval History and wants information on the go. I will also write short vignettes–up to 2,000 words in length–that follows fictional and non-fictional people who lived at that time, and participated in the crusades (My friends gave me this idea).
In the non-fiction component, I will draw my knowledge from the books that I have read and will list all secondary sources at the bottom of each post, as well in the “Sources Used/Recommended Reading” page. I won’t ever quote from a secondary source (unless it’s listed in the public domain, or if it’s an article posted online), but I will quote from a primary document. Aside from that, I am going to rely strictly on my own knowledge of this subject matter, using my own, unique writing style.
You can visit the blog here: http://crusadesandcrusaders.wordpress.com. You’ll see that this blog has no content on it. Over the weekend, I’ll be working on it, and on Monday, my very first post will be published: This post.