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Outcome: Church Reform & The Crusades. 1. Age of Faith a. Between 500 - 1000 Europe was a dark age b. Around the 900s, a new spirit invaded the church.

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1 Outcome: Church Reform & The Crusades

2 1. Age of Faith a. Between Europe was a dark age b. Around the 900s, a new spirit invaded the church and brought about a spiritual revival in the clergy

3 c. Problems in the Church i. Village priests were married and had families ---> against Church rulings ii. Bishops sold positions in the Church, this was called simony iii. Kings used lay investiture

4 d. Reform i. Popes Leo IX and Gregory VII enforced Church laws against simony and marriage ii. Papal Curia (pope’s advisers) acted as a court 1.Developed canon law on matters such as marriage, divorce, and inheritance 2.Decided cases based on canon law iii. Church used taxes to pay for the sick and poor- most hospitals in Europe

5  Result: The Age of Faith helped push the Church closer to an empire rather than being simply a religious order. Wars of conquest were inspired which would give way to the violent holy wars known as the Crusades.

6 2. The Crusades a. What is a crusade? i. A holy war involving the journey of thousands of Europeans to reclaim the holy land of Jerusalem in the name of Christianity ii. In all, there were 8 or 9 Crusades (depending on your source)

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8 b. Why crusade? Social, Economic, Spiritual, & Political reasons i. Pope Urban II called for a holy war against Muslims controlling holy lands ii. Social : Opportunity to get knights to stop fighting each other and fight a new foe. These knights threatened peace in Europe.

9 b. Why crusade? Social, Economic, Spiritual, & Political reasons iii. Economic : Younger sons who did not stand to inherit father’s property were looking for wealth and adventure iv. Economic : Merchants supplied loans to finance the journey

10 b. Why crusade? Social, Economic, Spiritual, & Political reasons v. Political : A chance for the pope to gain territory instead of Byzantine rival vi. Spiritual: Kill Muslims = ticket to heaven (Christian contradiction )

11 c. When were the Crusades? i. Starts in 1093 and lasts for nearly 300 years

12 3. What happened: a. First and Second Crusade i. Urban’s call brought tremendous support for the Crusade ii. Those who died on Crusade were assured a place in heaven iii. “ God wills it !” was the battle cry iv. 3,000 mile journey from Europe to Jerusalem v. Eventually, 12,000 approached Jerusalem and besieged it for a month vi. On July 15, 1099, the Christians captured the city

13 a. First and Second Crusade vii. The Second Crusade was organized to recapture the city of Edessa viii. In 1187, Europeans were shocked to learn that Saladin and the Muslims had captured Jerusalem again

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15 b. The Third Crusade i. Led by 3 of Europe’s most powerful monarchs 1. Philip II of France – went home 2.German Emperor Frederick – drowned on journey

16 b. The Third Crusade 3.English King Richard the Lion-Hearted a.Fought many battles against Saladin b.Agreed to a truce with Saladin in 1192 i.Jerusalem stayed under Muslim control ii.Saladin promised unarmed Christians could freely visit the city’s holy places

17 c. Other attempts i. 4 th Crusade failed to recapture Jerusalem ii. In the 1200s, four more Crusades were also unsuccessful iii. The Children’s Crusade

18 4. Effects of the Crusades a. Example of Church power b. Trade was expanded between Europe and Southwest Asia c. Failure of later crusades lessened the power of the pope d. The Crusades weakened the power of the feudal nobility e. Increased power of kings f. Thousands of knights and other participants lost their lives g. Began a legacy of bitterness and hatred of Christians for the Muslims h. Persecution of Jews i. Those who survived brought back culture to Europe


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