Author: Paul | Subject: Religious conflicts
The Children’s Crusades of 1212 followed on from the
fourth crusade, which had ended around eight years
previously. The aim of all the crusades was to travel to the
‘Holy Land’ and either take back Jerusalem for the
Christians or convert its Muslim occupants. However, after
the Fourth Crusade, which ended in disaster, with many
Christians failing to reach their destination and others
more interested on pillaging on the way, the European
Christian’s appetite for crusading began to wane.
Tradition has it that in 1212, children of France and
Germany decided to take up the take up the fight for
Jerusalem and thus the Children’s
born. However, is this tradition fact or folklore? Recently
the facts related to the Children’s Crusade into two main
schools of thought, these being tradition and modern.