The First Crusade as Protection and Pilgrimage

The Crusades are some of the most controversial and widely misunderstood events of medieval Europe. Crusaders are often portrayed as savage, imperialistic, barbaric conquest-seekers when, in actuality, many historical sources indicate that their missions were much more pious in motivation than their reputation would suggest. Historian Thomas Madden contends that the First Crusade was, first …

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