First Crusade Dbq

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Source A gives various reasons for participation in the First Crusade. These include for military leaders the gaining of power and territory and for the ordinary participants it was the deep religious fervour and the promise of absolution that drove them to join the Crusade. This view is convincing because Bohemond of Taranto did stay in the East and eventually became Bohemond of Antioch. There is also evidence that knights had to sell or mortgage land just to participate suggesting that maybe they were also planning to stay for the territory and power. Second Sons could also fit in this material motive because it was the idea that the first son in the family inherited all the money and land from his father and the Second Son was left
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