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The crusades Prior to the first crusade Europe was emerged in problems. Feudalism was strong, the population was growing and with the millennium approaching, a fear the world would end. With these problems and the uproar of religion, meant that words from powerful man could assemble an army, and change history. The French Pope Urban gave the announcement of change; he called for a religious pilgrimage and a recapture of the holy land. He also …

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…the need for a third crusade. Jerusalem was no recaptured but a section of land by the coast was open for pilgrimage to Christians. With the intent to attack Egypt, the fourth crusade set out. The crusaders were diverted from Venice to Constantinople to ward off an attack. The outtake was a massacre on the Christians. After this the pope could not round up the men to continue on the siege of the Holy Land.