Was The Crusades A Success Or Failure

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The Crusades took place between the years 1095 and 1291 and included several different operations all over Europe. They are typically seen as one whole operation rather than the separate campaigns they were intended. History looks upon The Crusades as an overall failure since they strayed from the well intentioned beginnings. The First Crusade was initiated by Pope Urban II at the request of Byzantine Emperor Alexius I. Alexius was steadily losing extensive portions of his empire to the invading Muslim Turks (A&E Networks). A group of lay people and clergy took up the cross, as it was, and marched to free Jerusalem and the Holy land from the invading Turks. (Fiero 134). The First Crusade was successful by driving out the Turks in 1099.

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