Common Misconceptions About the Crusades

There are a few, common misconceptions about the Crusades. The first is that the Crusades were unprovoked attacks upon the Muslims by the Christians. However, the Christians simply wanted to regain Jerusalem. Besides, the Muslims had been conquering areas in Europe for centuries.

The second misunderstanding is that the men who went on crusades went to gather wealth. Yet, the Crusades caused great debt and most kings returned poor. It was for religious purposes that these crusaders embarked upon such a perilous journey. Continue reading

King Louis IX of France

Statue of King Louis IX in Lower Chapel of the Sainte-Chapelle

Statue of King Louis IX in Lower Chapel of the Sainte-Chapelle

King Louis IX of France, of the Capetian dynasty, reigned from 1226 to 1270 A.D. He was a peacemaker in Europe and he constantly performed anonymous charity services. Louis seriously wanted to convert the French Jews to Catholicism, as he himself was a devout Catholic. He was canonized a saint in 1297 by Pope Boniface VIII. Continue reading