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holy roman empire
defenders of christian church in the west
mutual recognition of abassid empire at their height
alexios I is frustrated because people are pushing his boarders, so he writes a letter to the west asking for help.
sejuk turks sack baghdad to scare the caliph
many of the franks don't know how segmented the middle east is.
alexios' letter to enemy
gets them on his side
mutual feelings toward group
scare them into what will happen
gets romans on his side
call for the crusades
automatic ticket to heaven
gets people out of jail to fight for the holy land
protection of family, women, and children
conquest of jerusalem: abraham
abraham is offstage
all of his family is on the coast being captured
crusades aren't affecting arabian sea or egypt
he is immune
order of events in the crusades
1095- call for crusades
1096- franks on the move to middle east
1099- franks conquer jerusalem
1150- new caliphate called ayyubids
1204- 4th crusade
1241- attack by mongols
frankish conquer of jerusalem
alexiad writes account of the conquer
doesn't involve byzantines
franks divide areas up into crusader states (antioch, tripoli, edessa, jerusalem)
similar to the iliad
in the end- tells of pressure of turks and how crusaders are on their own
another major push by the franks to reconquer jerusalem (failed)
franks got stuck at constantinople (sack byzantine)
greek and catholic relationship is severed
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