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Historical Background
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The Children's Crusade
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General Remarks
Christians and Muslims were enemies and both sides called each other "unbelievers". The hostility and ignorance towards both faiths led to many unnecessary wars fought in the name of the Cross. These military expeditions, fought to regain the "Holy Land", are known as the Crusades.The Crusades of the Christian nations of the Occident were allegedly religiously motivated campaigns, intending to free Jerusalem and the Holy Land from the hands of the 'unbelievers'. The battles soon became instruments of political power.The term 'Crusade' was soon applied not only to a war against non-Christians, but also on a war against heretics.


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