This article discusses the second crusade. The primary objective of the series of Crusades that were launched on Jerusalem and lasted for nearly two hundred years was to recover the Holy Land from the growing influence of Islam. The Second Crusade (1147-1149)
The term “crusade” is actually a broad concept of war that is applied, not only against the Muslims, but all wars undertaken in pursuance of a vow. The Second Crusade (1147-1149)
The Crusader’s dominance over Jerusalem (gained during the First Crusade) was short-lived because Muslims reunited again under the guidance of Turkish leader Imad al-Din Zengi (b. 1085 - d. 1146), who was the prince of the Zengid Dynasty. The Second Crusade (1147-1149)
The Pope called upon Bernard of Clairvaux (b. 1090 – d. 1153), a Frankish abbot to preach the Second Crusade and granted the same indulgences for it which Pope Urban II had accorded to the First Crusade. The Second Crusade (1147-1149)
During this crusade they also laid a preemptive siege of Damascus, which failed. The Second Crusade (1147-1149)
As a result of failure, the German and French kings returned to their homelands in 1150 CE. The Second Crusade (1147-1149)
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