The Crusades are like White Castle hamburgers. Either you love them or you hate them. Of course, given the secular, anti-Christian education most people are subjected to these days, the overwhelming majority of people hate them as “Eurocentric” imperialism.
However, on what basis were they bad?
First of all, what were the Crusades? They were wars in which the Crusade Indulgence was granted by the Pope. While most people who hear the term think only of the Crusades to retake the Holy Land from the jihad, there were Crusades in other lands as well. There were Crusades against the jihad in the Iberian Peninsula, normally referred to as the Reconquista. There was a Crusade preached against the Albigensian Cathari in Languedoc in the South of France. There were the Northern Crusades, including the Wendish, Livonian, Swedish, Danish, and Prussian Crusades, and a Crusade against the Bogomils in Bosnia.
However, since the average person with a modern, secular education only knows of the Eastern Crusades and, possibly, the Reconquista, I will be discussing only the Crusades against the jihad in this article.
It is important to remember that at the founding of Islam by Muhammad, the world looked like this:
All of the purple area (fitting, it being the Imperial color) was Christian. This was pre-Great Schism, so while all of the Empire was Christian, not all Christian lands were part of the Empire (an important point later).
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