What can the crusades tell us about the changing face of Europe during the middle ages?  My text for this is Traditions & Encounters, by Bentley and Ziegler.

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The Crusades can tell us a number of things about the changing face of Europe during the Middle Ages.  It can tell us about such things as the importance of religion, the growing importance of the common classes of people, and the impact of economic growth.  It can also tell us about the darker side of medieval Europe, the greed and bigotry that seem to be a part of the human condition.

Perhaps the most obvious thing the Crusades can tell us is that religion was a very important thing in Europe in the Middle Ages.  The Crusades began when Pope Urban II called for an effort to help the Byzantine Empire and to retake the Holy Land from the Muslims.  Huge numbers of people agreed to take part in this venture, largely because they felt it was their religious duty to do so.  This is a...

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