Muslims, christians and jews alike all viewed jerusalem as a scared city. For jews it was their spiritual capital, the home of their once great temple . Jesus christ, prophet to christians was crufied.
Why would parents do this to their children?
The pope crusade would take place in order to reclaim jerusalem for christianity. "Christians hasten to help your brothers in the east for they are being attacked arm for the rescue of jerusalem under your captain christ. Wear his as your badge. If you are killed your sins will be pardoned." said the pope.
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The christians territory invaded again and resurgence of muslim power.
Why should we travel so far?
30,000 children dropped out. Some children died of exhaustion, dehydration or starvation. Many wonder why parents and the romans catholic church would let their children do this.
Crusades contribute the end of feudalism through out europe, increases power forced peasents to seek a way to leave manor, ulitimately led to the end of fedalism.
Many curaseds wondered why they should travel so far from home when there were plenty of non believers.