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The Crusades begain when the Seljuk Turks took control of the holy land. So Pope Urban II gathered up an army and sends them to Jersalem to fight the Truks.
If we went to jerusalim to fight in battle, we can go to heaven.
Once the knights were finaly trained they had to walk 3360 km to Jerusalem. It took 3 years to reach Jerusalem and some of the kinghts died from starvation.
Some of the crusader knights had to travel to Jerusalem by boat in the Medertrainen Sea which is dangours due to terible storms and bad wether.
In 1099 the Crusader knights arived and the Seljuk Turks prepared for battle but they were defeted. After that the knights had captured Jerusalem and the Turks had no choice but to surrender.
After 3 years of fighting and Jerusalem was captured by the Kingdom of the Franks and the Holy Roman Empire, they declared victory.
Thats great! Now you can go to heaven.
Pope Urban we captured Jerusalem.