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many people died in the crusades...?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    My math is crude as Heck and what the Heck what was recorded was not entirely accurate. That said it is likely that adding up the casualties from all the crusades one can easilly say a million. to two million.. I am going to thrown link and snippets at you and let you work your calculator.

    ""---The initial force was led by the "unwashed priest" Peter the Hermit (c1050-1115). His "army" consisted mainly of French and German peasants, drawn to the cause by the pope's promise of indulgences. [a] This, they take to mean the freedom to commit any sin they like. They lost no time in taking advantage of these indulgences. On their way through Europe to the holy land, they massacred, tortured and plundered any Jew they could find. [b] They stole and robbed whenever they felt like it. For those places who tried to defend themselves against this pillage, Peter's answer was war. In one such battle in Yugoslavia, the crusaders slaughtered 4,000 of the local residents who dared to fight back."""

    )Me speaking-----------

    4,000 plus say 500 to 750 Jews thou certain scholars have claimed 2,000 for the murderous treck across Eurpoe

    """Many of Peter's men died before they even reach Asia. Many more were sold as slaves to pay for food for the rest. In the end only seven thousand managed to reach Asiatic soil. When they finally encountered the Turks in Nicaea, the ensuing battle was a mismatch. The Christian army was routed. About four thousand of them were killed in the battle. All in all, a total of 300,000 Christians died during this march led by Peter the Hermit. [5]""


    """Many of Peter's men died before they even reach Asia. Many more were sold as slaves to pay for food for the rest. In the end only seven thousand managed to reach Asiatic soil. When they finally encountered the Turks in Nicaea, the ensuing battle was a mismatch. The Christian army was routed. About four thousand of them were killed in the battle. All in all, a total of 300,000 Christians died during this march led by Peter the Hermit. [5]

    A more organized force followed, led by Godfrey of Bouillon (c1060-1100). This army successfully defeated the Turks at Dorylaeum in 1097. Antioch was captured in 1098 and Jerusalem fell in 1099, thus founding the Christian kingdom of Palestine. While the military campaign was a success, the behavior of the Christian army certainly did not win them any new converts.

    When the crusaders were attacking Antioch, they used the heads of slain Turks as ammunition for their primitive cannons. Apart from using the heads as ammunition, about three hundred head were placed on stakes in front of the city to demoralize the defenders of the city. The crusaders finally broke through and slaughtered the inhabitants.

    Then another Muslim army arrived and besieged the now "Christian" city. After a long seige, something strange happened. Convinced that God was on their side (apparently one of the crusaders, enlightened by numerous visions, found the holy lance that pierced Jesus side during the crucifixion [John 19:34]), surged out from the city to kill the infidels. The Muslims, in panic, fled, leaving their tents and wives behind. The Muslim women were mercilessly exterminated by the victorious Christians. [6]

    Their behavior was worse during the siege of Marra. The Christian army resorted to cannibalism; digging up corpses for their own consumption. When they finally entered the city, all adults were murdered, even those who had paid the Christian leader, Bohemond (c1052-1111), large sums of money to spare their lives. The children were sold to the slave market at Antioch. [7]""

    )ME Again, the above does not give numbers, but knowing what I know (what do I know) you can toss in a nice round--

    100,000 /// One Hundred Thousand Christians & Muslims alike plus a few Jews and Coptic Christians who too often gte ignored in the body count--

    did you read the canabalism bit ?

    Here is a Biggie,

    """""""If Bohemond was cruel, Godfrey's conquest of Jerusalem was barbaric. The crusaders forced their way into Jerusalem on the 15th of July 1099. For the next two days there was ensued a continuous massacre by them of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, both Muslims and Jews. The carnage is preserved for posterity by many eye-witness account. Given below is one taken from Gesta Francorum (The Deeds of the Franks):

    The defenders fled along the walls and through the city, and our men pursued them killing and cutting them down as far as Solomon's Temple, where there was such a massacre that our men were wading ankle deep in blood ... Then the crusaders rushed around the whole city, seizing gold and silver, horses and mules, and looting the housing that were full of costly things. Then, rejoicing and weeping from excess of happiness, they all came to worship and give thanks at the sepulchre of our saviour Jesus. Next morning, they went cautiously up the temple roof and attacked the Saracens, both men and women [who had taken refuge there], cutting off their heads with drawn swords ... Our leaders then gave orders that all the Saracen corpses should be thrown outside the city because of the stench, for almost the whole city was full of dead bodies ... such a slaughter of pagans had never been seen or heard of, for they were burned in pyres like pyramids, and none save God alone knows how many they were. [8]

    Another eyewitness account, by Raymond of Aguiles, not only corroborates the above account but conveys a sense of his own religious ecstasy at experiencing such a complete and total Christian victory:

    Wonderful sights were to be seen. Some of our men (and this was more merciful) cut off the heads of their enemies; others shoot them with arrows, so that they fell from the towers; others tortured them longer by casting them into flames. Piles of heads, hands and feet were to be seen in the streets of the city. It was necessary to pick one's way over the bodies of men and horses. But these were small matters compared to what happened at the Temple of Solomon, a place where religious services are normally chanted ... in the temple and the porch of Solomon, men rode in blood up to their knees and bridle reins. Indeed it was a just and splendid judgement of God that this place should be filled with the blood of unbelievers since it had suffered so long from their blasphemies. [9]

    A total of about 40,000 Muslims were killed in that two-day massacre of Jerusalem. [10] The Jews were murdered along with the Muslims, many were huddled into the synagogues and burned alive. [11] Thus was Jerusalem saved by the Christians from infidel hands. [c]"""

    )Me again. so 40,00 plus about 10,00 Christian Crusaders // imagine how many they would have killed if they had not been guided by Crhist's message of Compassion and Merc?

    """The crusading armies were led by the German Emperor, Conrad III and the French King Louis VII. The German emperor was envious of the eastern half of Christendom, the Byzantines. His army pillaged and plundered with gay abandon once they reach Byzantine territory. On one occasion, when two of his crusaders were killed, a whole monastery of Greek monks were murdered in revenge. The German army, exhausted by the journey and their plundering and looting, was annihilated by the Turks when they reached Dorylaeum in Asia Minor. [16]

    The French contingent took the brainless but pious route (legend has it that it was used by Charlemagne himself to reach the holy land) to the Holy Land. The route was long and difficult. When the army reached Attalia, a decision was reached: due to the lack of available ships to the holy land, only the mounted knights and noblemen would sail. The rest, the infantry, the accompanying pilgrims and their wives and children were left to fend for themselves. Betrayed by their Christian lords these people suffered three kinds of fate: their were either killed by the Turks, starved to death or sold into slavery. [17]"""

    )Me, say about seventy-five thousand / 75,000 over all for the Second Crusade

    """"1187. The Christian armies were led by the Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick I (1123-1190), the kings of France, Philip II (1165-1223) and England, Richard I (1157-1199). Due to internal rivalries, they were unable to capture Jerusalem. Richard managed to capture Acre in 1191 and to secure an agreement with Saladin which gave Christian pilgrims free access to Jerusalem. [19]

    An event which happened in Acre should be documented here. After capturing Acre, Richard found the cost of keeping 2700 Muslim prisoners of war, which included women and children, too heavy a burden for him to bear. He had them all taken out of the Acre city walls and murdered in cold blood. [20] The crusaders then cut open the corpses to look for swallowed gems. The chronicler Ambroise , wrote with exulted: "They were slaughtered, every one. For this be the Creator blessed!" [21"""

    Say about 50,000 all told for the Third Crusade..

    """The Fourth Crusade (1201-1204) was not fought against the Muslims, instead, the crusaders sacked Constantinople, the capital of eastern Christendom! The crusaders, who had always looked at the Greek Christians with envy and a sense of inferiority, attacked Constantinople on the 6th of April 1201. Ten days later the city defences fell and the crusaders marched in. The Byzantine Emperor Alexius III (c1180-1222) was deposed and the city was ransacked by the crusaders and the Venetian merchants who prompted the expedition. They rushed through the streets, killing, maiming, looting and raping. Even the nuns were not spared; they were raped in their convents. To add insult to injury, the crusaders enthroned a prostitute at the seat of the Patriarch. The enormous wealth of the city was plundered by the crusaders and the Venetian merchants."""

    (Me again, ahh Christian Compassion at its Best against Greek Orthoduc Christians, who said that Christians can't get along - -- how many died? Accounts vary from a low of 25,000 to a high of 75,000 my favorite number if 33,000

    """""""""The remaining four crusades were largely unsuccessful. However another crusade worth mentioning was the so-called Children's Crusade (1212). A group of about 30,000 French and German children, led by the boy Stephen, marched through France with the intention of recapturing Jerusalem. Most of the children died in the march and only about 5,000 made it to Marseille. The children were then promised by the merchants there that they would be shipped free of charge to the holy land. The unscrupulous merchants actually shipped the children to Algiers and Alexandria where they were sold as slaves. [23]""

    )Me final note, the Children's Crusade consumed at least 20,000 lives but made a lot of Allgierian and Alexandrian Men very Happy - - -

    HERE IS A LINK YOU SHOULD LIKE and it clearly comes up with 1 and Half Millon // lus other items you might jive on..


    Crusades (1095-1291)

    Estimated totals:

    Wertham: 1,000,000

    Charles Mackay, Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds (1841): 2,000,000 Europeans killed. [

    Aletheia, The Rationalist's Manual: 5,000,000

    Individual Events:

    Davies: Crusaders killed up to 8,000 Jews in Rhineland

    Paul Johnson A History of the Jews (1987): 1,000 Jewish women in Rhineland comm. suicide to avoid the mob, 1096.

    Gibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, v.5, 6

    1st Crusade: 300,000 Eur. k at Battle of Nice [Nicea].

    Crusaders vs. Solimon of Roum: 4,000 Christians, 3,000 Moslems

    1098, Fall of Antioch: 100,000 Moslems massacred.

    50,000 Pilgrims died of disease.

    1099, Fall of Jerusalem: 70,000 Moslems massacred.

    Siege of Tiberias: 30,000 Christians k.

    Siege of Tyre: 1,000 Turks

    Richard the Lionhearted executes 3,000 Moslem POWs.

    1291: 100,000 Christians k after fall of Acre.

    Fall of Christian Antioch: 17,000 massacred.

    [TOTAL: 677,000 listed in these episodes here.]

    Catholic Encyclopedia (1910) []

    Jaffa: 20,000 Christians massacred, 1197

    Sorokin estimates that French, English & Imperial German Crusaders lost a total of 3,600 in battle.

    1st C (1096-99): 400

    2nd C (1147-49): 750

    3rd C (1189-91): 930

    4th C (1202-04): 120

    5th C (1228-29): 600

    7th C (1248-54): 700

    James Trager, The People's Chronology (1992)

    1099: Crusaders slaughter 40,000 inhabs of Jerusalem. Dis/starv reduced Crusaders from 300,000 to 60,000.

    1147: 2nd Crusades begins with 500,000. "Most" lost to starv./disease/battle.

    1190: 500 Jews massacred in York.

    1192: 3rd Crusade reduced from 100,000 to 5,000 through famine, plagues and desertions in campaign vs Antioch.

    1212: Children's Crusade loses some 50,000.

    [TOTAL: Just in these incidents, it appears the Europeans lost around 650,000.]

    TOTAL: When I take all the individual death tolls listed here, weed out the duplicates, fill in the blanks, apply Occam ("Pluralitas non est ponenda sine necessitate"), etc. I get a very rough total of 1½ M deaths in the Crusades.""""""""""""


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  • 1 decade ago

    The total number of deaths due to the crusades has been estimated at around nine million, at least half of which were Christians. Many of these were simply innocent civilians caught in the carnage.

    Source(s): Robertson, History of Christianity: p168
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  • 1 decade ago

    bearstirringfromcave, that riffraff that you say took the promise of Indulgenses to mean they had a liscence to sin were a different organization than those that directly heard the Pope's call to arms. They were largely Germanic people who heard of the other group that had already begun to set out, and they took advantage of the vacuum left by those who better deserved to be named for the Cross - though they first presumed on this name for themselves. This Germanic group never made it to the Crusades, but died in Europe, where they tried to amass what now lay unguarded by the absent knights, and they killed both Jew and Christian. Jewish writers said that the Hierarchy tried to protect them, and the Catholic writers cursed those murderers of Jews. That was not part of the Crusades, but a contemporaneous thing with the setting out for the First Crusade, so one must subtract the killings by this riffraff from those in accordance with war that the knights that actually fought the Crusades executed. The muslims had been making numerous deaths for centuries before this, precipitating the whole counter-attack of Christianity.

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  • 3 years ago

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    4 years ago

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    1 decade ago

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  • Eva
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    4 years ago

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    There were at least eleven different "crusades." I have read one estimate of total deaths being around 9,000,000, yet half of these include Christians. I have read other estimates that are just over a million.

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  • 1 decade ago

    About 2 million Christians (estimation)

    Not sure how Muslims.

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