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« on: January 30, 2011, 04:03:25 am »

This may sound a bit strange and also funny, but it's true.  The "shepherds' crusade" refers to two separate events in the 13th and 14th centuries.

The first one took place in 1251 and the second in 1320.

In 1248 the king of France (Louis the 9th) went to the holy land (today's Palestine) to fight, what's known as the 7th crusade.  The Christians in Europe really had nothing to do at home, so they kept poking their noses and fingering everyone around them .. sometimes for the purpose of forcibly converting them into Chrisitanity and sometimes to steal their wealth.  Anyhow, the French king was badly defeated and captured in Egypt.  Subsequently, a peasant movement started in the north of France in support of the French king.  The movement was led by an old Hungarian monk. This monk, another crazy melo-dramatic fanatic, claimed that he had been instructed by Virgin Mary to lead the shepherds and farmers of France to rescue their king.  He left France with about 60,000 young peasants.  The outcome was a real fiasco in a madhouse.  Even before they left France, the peasants began having differences within their group and they split.  Instead to heading towards the holy land, they began fighting among themselves and also attacking the people within France.  Pro-Jewish historians claim that most of these victims were Jews.  The attackers were soon rounded up by the authorities.  Some, including the Hungarian monk, resisted the authorities and ended up getting killed in a skirmish.  That was the end of the first "shepherd's crusade" in 1251.

The other one of 1320 was started by another young lunatic in Normandy, in northern France along the English channel.  An idle mind is a devil's workshop.  An idler teenage shepherd constructed his own story .. something to the effect that Jesus instructed him to fight the Moors in Spain.  Arabs and the Berbers (a race of North Africa) were known as Moors.  Berbers also speak Arabic and are Muslims like the Arabs.  It's not confirmed how large an army this teenage shepherd led, but perhaps might have been of a few thousands.  It is reported that the then king of France (Philip the 5th) refused to meet this army when it arrived in Paris, apparently because the king considered these foot soldiers to be crazy.  Yet, the king never gave orders to stop them nor to round them up.  That was just as bizarre as this crazy army itself.  As the shepherds marched southward, they attacked castles, royal officials, priests, lepers and Jews.  When they reached the city of Avignon (known for its palaces of the popes) in southern France, some pope by the name of John (the 22) is reported to have stopped them.  Yet they somehow marched out of France and headed toward Spain.  The king of Spain was James II (whoever this man was).  Even though these lunatics came to attack the Moors, James II after allowing them to enter the country gave orders to his nobles and the army only to protect the Jews but not the Moors.  And yet, European history claims that "300" Jews were killed by the shepherds but mentions nothing about the Moors, probably implying that nothing happened to the Moors.  That's the sort of games they usually play to dupe the readers.  King James was also supposed to have sent his son to confront the shepherds who attacked the Jews, and many of them were arrested and executed.

The much talked about four notoriously ruthless crusades in European history that perpetrated mass killings of Muslims and Jews, mostly Muslims, took place prior to these two shepherds' crusades.

- First crusade 1095 - 1099

- Second crusade 1147 - 1149

- Third crusade  1189 -  ?

- Fourth crusade 1204 - ?
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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2011, 02:45:42 am »

Shepherd's crusade is additional example of christian fundamentalism at its height.  There are reports that in the 2nd shepherd's crusade, when those lunatics entered Spain, they killed many Moors.  None of the jews were hurt.  But the Moors were attacked by the crusaders who were joined by local spanish christians.

Thanks for this information, sister.
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« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2011, 07:33:20 am »

Exactly, my husband was saying the same ....
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