...and were excommunicated for it (BTW, it was not mere sack and loot, but conquest of the Byzantine empire). Same for the crusaders who sacked Jerusalem during the First Crusade. So I do wonder what the pope was apologizing for, his predecessor already did what he could.
The Christian leadership did an admirable job of restraining the mercenary element among the crusaders. Such elements were also a threat to the simple farmers and peasants in the west. Too many moderns wrongly assign the blame for the less savory aspects of the crusades, on the Christian leadership. The real problem was with the feudal Barons.
posted on 11/02/2001 8:35:07 AM PST
< Church Lady >
"Would someone PLEASE think of the children?"
/ Church Lady
Nobody ever remembers the Children's Crusade...
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