The First Crusade
This site was first published in its entirety on 11/2/00,
and was last updated 11/3/00. It was created as a
project for Mrs. Weidenhaft's Honors World
History class by Brian Biermann and Tyler Harms.
The First Crusade was a war against the
Muslims who occupied the holy lands,
including the city of Jerusalem. Word got
to the pope, by way of Constantinople, that
the Muslims were not allowing the Christian
pilgrims to enter Jerusalem. Pope Urban II
gave a speech at Clermont to rally the
Western Europeans into an army that would
crush the Muslim forces.