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Crusades and More Crusades
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     challenging words:    crusaders, prestige, retake, townspeople, happening, prosperous, pitted, leadership, westward, traditional, fiction, originally, military, control, series, further
     content words:    First Crusade, Western Europe, Muslim Turks, Middle East, Second Crusade, Latin States, King Louis VII, King Conrad III, Holy Land, Third Crusade


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Crusades and More Crusades
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     The First Crusade, in which Christian soldiers took control of Jerusalem from the Turks, was only the first in a long series of religious wars. These wars pitted Christian soldiers from Western Europe against Muslim Turks. They occurred during the eleventh through the thirteenth centuries.
 
2     Crusades were sponsored by popes and kings. Knights, peasants, and townspeople joined up, said goodbye to their families, and marched off to face death in the Middle East.
 
3     The Second Crusade occurred in 1147, after the Turks had once again begun to take back the land, known as the Latin States, which the Christians had seized in the First Crusade. This time, King Louis VII of France and King Conrad III of Germany led armies to the Holy Land. In this war, the crusaders were defeated, and after the Second Crusade ended, the area was united under the leadership of Saladin, the Sultan of Egypt and Syria.

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