With the general stability of Europe and settling of borders, many knights had little to do with themselves. Unfortunately, instead of settling down many chose to create petty squabbles among themselves and those around them.
By the late Middle Ages, the concept of "Christendom" was beginning to take hold. The idea of countries being brought together under Papal guidance was a fast spreading political ideology.
"At the Council of Clermont, assembled in the heart of France on November 27, 1095, [the pope] gave an impassioned sermon to a large audience of French nobles and clergy. He summoned the audience to wrest control of Jerusalem from the hands of the Muslims. France, he said, was overcrowded and the land of Canaan was overflowing with milk and honey. He spoke of the problems of noble violence and the solution was to turn swords to God's own service: "Let robbers become knights". He spoke of rewards both on earth and in heaven, where remission of sins was offered to any who might die in the undertaking. [The pope] promised this through the power of God that was invested into him. The crowd was stirred to frenzied enthusiasm and interrupted his speech with cries of Deus lo volt!
("It is God's will!")." (Wikipedia)
And so began, The First Crusade.Today's Question: Who was this Pope?
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