Calling the First Crusade

In that way Urban II tried to influence the audience and convince people, with the use of inspiring words and wishes, beliefs. He sought to convince people that they were obliged to help to fight the enemies of Byzantium. In his speech the Pope not only convinced, but also inspired people. That is why at the end of his speech the audience cried: “It is the will of God! It is the will of God!” (Munro, 1895)

These words became a battle cry of Crusaders. Thousands of people then took a vow to participate in the war.


Works cited:

Munro Dana C. “Urban and the Crusaders”. Translations and Reprints from the Original Sources of European History, Vol 1:2. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 1895. Pp. 5-8. Web.

Halsall P. “Medieval Sourcebook: Urban II (1088-1099): Speech at Council of Clermont, 1095, Five versions of the Speech”. Web.

Riley-Smith L. and Riley-Smith J. “Quotes from Urban II’s letters taken from “Crusades, Idea and Reality, 1095-1274”. Documents of Medieval History 4. London, 1981. Pp. 37-40.