Pope Urban II: The First Crusades

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Pope Urban II is without a doubt the reason why the The First Crusades started. It was through his deliberate actions and monumental speech that a spark was created and would end up leading to the crusades. His words and authoritative position within the Church are also important to recognize for they had a huge influence on the attitudes and direction that The First Crusades took. The impact of this speech is especially relevant when it comes to Stephen the Count of Blois and Chartres who took the words of Urban and put them into action. A letter from Stephen to his wife, Adele, helps give an idea as to the value that Stephen held in respects to the Pope’s speech where the Stephens Actions are reasoned through the words of the Urban II. If

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