Pope Urban Ii's Speech

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Pope Urban II Speech Why did pope Urban’s speech generate support for the first crusade? Pope Urban II’s speech generated large amounts of support for the first crusade because he use a wide range of tactical appeals. In Urban’s speech he used technique of defamatory language to make Muslims sound like terrible people. This was shown when said ‘an accursed race, a race utterly alienated from god’ and ‘They circumcise the Christian, and the blood of the circumcision they either spread upon the altars or pour into vases of the baptismal font’. Sentences such as this one made the people scared and angry at the Muslims and may have change their opinions of the Muslims. Consequently making them want to kill them because of all the ordeals. Urban also used the technique of causing people to change themselves through integrity. This is shown in the sentence when he says ‘He that loveth father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me’. People wanted to have others honor them which caused many to join the crusade. Values/Uses Robert the Monk’s recount on Pope Urban II’s speech could be very useful for a historian researching the First Crusade. Firstly the speech is a primary source because Robert the Monk was there at the event of Pope Urban II’s speech. This speech could also be beneficial as Robert might have written truthfully as he was writing about someone who he would have greatly respected and honored as well as it relating to religion. To a historian this piece would have been really valuable in the sense that there was large use of real factual information. The truth about what the Muslims actually did is shown when he said ‘When they wish to torture people to a base death, they perforate their navels, and dragging forth the extremity of the intestines, bind it to a stake; then with flogging they lead the victim around until the viscera having
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