What were Pope Urban II's motives for calling the first crusade?

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    There were two things that led to the first Crusade: First, the eastern Roman Empire (Byzantine) asked the West for help in defending themselves from the Seljuk Turks. Second, Christian pilgrims were being attacked by Seljuk Turks while they were on their way to the Holy Land. Therefore, Pope Urban II asked the bishops to ask for men to volunteer to help defend the eastern Roman Empire, and to make the roads to Jerusalem safe for Christian pilgrims.

    There were secondary goals, like recapturing Jerusalem from the Turks and opening trade routes, but the two reasons above were the main reasons for the first Crusade.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    He was the pope, Money or Power or Both

    The Holy Land was a prosperous trading zone

  • 6 years ago

    Richard the Lion Hearted wanted to give now shiftless and unemployed mercenary knights what to do and promised them great fortune and fame. Richard was the son of Eleanor of Acquitaine http://www.womeninworldhistory.com/heroine2.html. The famed king never spoke a word of English. Only French

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Re-establishing the silk road and the spice route as well as (ultimately) the possession of a mound of dirt.

    But mostly financial.

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  • 8 years ago

    Politically? There had just been a schism in the "Church", and the western, "Pope", wanted to be seen as more fervently, "Christian", than the Eastern Church, to consolidate his leadership.

    Source(s): European History.
  • emperor alexius the (i forget)th asked him to send some knights over to retake the holyland from the muslims. he saw an opportunity to bring western europe back into awesomness

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