The Battle of Holy Land By: Jeff Carroll and Tyler Garrison The Crusades were a long series of holy wars between the Christians and the Muslims. Both groups wanted to take control of Jerusalem because it was known as the Holy Land. Jerusalem was considered the Holy land because it was where Jesus lived and preached. JC The Turks took over Jerusalem from the Christians by massacring 3000 of them and their churches were destroyed. Christians could not go to the Holy Land. TG Pope Urban II called for Christian armies to go to war against the Muslims and to save the Holy Land. JC After about a week of gruesome battle many peasant warriors for the Christians were killed. At the same time brave Christian knights were overpowering the Muslims and ended up taking back the Holy Land. TG Most of the Christian army got pushed out by the Turks. Those who still fought eventually had to siege after a few days and the Turks took over Jerusalem. The Second Crusade accomplished nothing for the Christians. JC The battle of Acre started off the Third Crusade and the Christians weakened Saladin and the Muslims, so that they had to give up the Holy Land. King Richard of England and Saladin came to an agreement and allowed a truce where the Christians could visit the Holy Land without paying tribute. TG The treaty between the groups ended unsuccessful and only sparked more war. The Turks invaded Constantinople and took the Christians by storm. This was only the start of the Decline from the Christians. JC In 1212 about 30,000 children were murdered by the Muslims trying to get to the Holy Land. These children were on average about 12 years old. This event marked the decline of the Crusades for the Christians. TG The Christians continued to face struggles trying to obtain back their Holy Land. The Turks were able to keep control of Jerusalem throughout the rest of The Crusades. JC 1:47 to 2:55 3:40 to 9:30 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0zudTQelz I “The Crusades”. Middle Ages, July 16 2012 ,Web. September 23 2013. Trueman, Chris. “The Crusades”. History Learning Site. Web. Sept. 23rd, 2013. “Crusades”. History. Web. n.d. Sept. 23rd, 2013. Closson, Don. “The Crusades”. LeaderU. Web. 2003. Sept. 23rd, 2013. MacDonald, Kevin. Crusading Popes in Defense. May 19th, 2011. The Occidental Observer. Web. Sept. 23rd, 2013.