November 27, 1095, the first crusade: 923 years ago today, Pope Urban II called all Christians in Europe to go to war against Muslims in order to reclaim the Holy Land.

November 27, 1095, the first crusade:
923 years ago today, Pope Urban II called all Christians in Europe to go to war against Muslims in order to reclaim the Holy Land.
In the late 11th century, the Turks threatened to invade the Byzantine Empire and take Constantinople. Byzantine Emperor Alexius I asked Urban for help. Wanting to reunite the Church under him by helping the Eastern churches in their time of need, Urban united Christian Europe under him as he fought to take back the Holy Land from the Turks..

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