Monthly Archives: June 2017

Second Crusade: Towns and Merchants, 1147

Although Pope Eugenius and Bernard of Clairvaux intended their persuasion to influence kings and counts, many other people heard these arguments and began making drastic changes in their lives, freeing themselves to go and give personal help. But this time, … Continue reading

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Fatimid dynasty splits and decays, 1101-1140

The Fatimid dynasty always tried to combine pragmatic secular rule with idealistic religion. The Caliph/Imam was not only the war leader and ruler, he was also the holiest descendant of Ismail. We’ve already seen one major split among Ismaili fanatics, … Continue reading

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