A series of wars fought from the late eleventh through the thirteenth centuries, in which European kings and warriors set out to gain control of the lands in which Jesus lived, known as the Holy Land. At that time, these areas were held by Muslims. The Crusaders conquered Jerusalem (see also Jerusalem) in 1099 but failed to secure the Holy Land, and they were driven out by the late thirteenth century. Nevertheless, the Crusades had several lasting results, including the exposure of Europeans to the goods, technology, and customs of Asia.
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Progressives in the grip of one of their signature moral crusades routinely embrace money in politics for me, but not for thee.Money and Guns: How We Escape Our Existential Dread|James Poulos|April 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As indeed, all of the public health crusades surrounding obesity seem to have failed.How Public Health Experts Turned Corporations into Public Enemy #1|Megan McArdle|March 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Mike Huckabee has mounted his share of political crusades, but never on behalf of the Spicy Chicken Sandwich Deluxe.Why Mike Huckabee Says He Relishes Dispute Over Chick-Fil-A|Howard Kurtz|August 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
And Bossie will once again be in the thick of it, all the more dangerous for having learned from his past crusades.
She spoke no English but because of my Hindi, I was able to go over and hear stories about her life and her crusades.
In 1071 it fell into the hands of the Normans, and frequently appears in the history of the Crusades.
We had already learned the words cotton, sugar, and orange from the Arabs at the time of the Crusades.Stories That Words Tell Us|Elizabeth O'Neill
He fought, say the writers of the crusades, like a wild boar, sending on that day an amazing number of infidels to hell!The History of the Knights Templars, the Temple Church, and the Temple|Charles G. Addison
Ruins of old buildings, asserted by the inhabitants to date from the time of the crusades, strewed the ground in every direction.The Caravan Route between Egypt and Syria|Ludwig Salvator
The Crusades had created a new field of enterprise, and had opened to the eye of Europe a wider horizon of knowledge.Beacon Lights of History, Volume V|John Lord