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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse09 Feb 2019 12:20 p.m. PST

"Historians have long been numbering the crusades, trying to categorize them into some kind of order. However, the way they have done so has been somewhat arbitrary, which has led to disagreement and confusion. In some books you can find the number of crusades going up to seven, while others list as many as ten. Some explanations are required.

One can begin by establishing that this only refers to the crusades that were against Muslims in the Middle East – or at least were supposed to go there. There were many other crusades officially launched by the Papacy, such as those against pagan peoples in the Baltic Sea region, or against the Cathars in southern France.

Historians are pretty much unanimous in what were the first five crusades:…."
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