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I have just finished AS exams and am starting my history coursework (on the Crusades) we have been given research to do and it involves finding sources. We need to find 8 sources (can be mixed of both first and second crusades) -4 on if the crusaders were motivated by religious devotion and 4 showing that other factors motivated them... I am really stuck as the sources must be written from people at the time. Anyone have any references to books or web links please????
I found from my Crusade revision, that although some people were motivated by religious reasons (read all 5 sources of Pope Urban's speech!), there were so many other factors including wealth, land, revenge, opportunity to gain a title that they would not have had at home. These are just a few things, I wish you luck in your coursework and I hope this is helpful
Saying that, my second paper for AS history was the First to Third crusades, and we used documentaries by Thomas Asbridge. There are clips on Youtube to use, and I'd recommend using them.