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Why You'd Never Survive Life During The Crusades

Imagine that you're reading this from the comfort of a toilet. (You might not have to imagine.) This isn't just any toilet but a magic portal-potty. When you flush, it transports you Super Mario-style to a random place and time during the Crusades. Here's a bit of background information about the period. In 1095, Urban II, pope of the Holy Roman Empire, convened the Council of Clermont in France to shore up his power in the face of a rival pope and because the neighboring Byzantine Empire...

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    Why You'd Never Survive Life During The Crusades

    Why You'd Never Survive Life During The Crusades

    Imagine that you're reading this from the comfort of a toilet. (You might not have to imagine.) This isn't just any toilet but a magic portal-potty. When you flush, it transports you Super Mario-style to a random place and time during the Crusades. Here's a bit of background information about the period. In 1095, Urban II, pope of the Holy Roman Empire, convened the Council of Clermont in France to shore up his power in the face of a rival pope and because the neighboring Byzantine Empire "was losing territory to Muslim Turks." Hoping to kill two birds with even more killing, Urban called for a holy war against Muslims to reconquer the Holy Land, the crown jewel of which was Jerusalem.

    This Is What Really Caused The Crusades

    This Is What Really Caused The Crusades

    For those who are old enough to have lived through the year 2000's "Y2K" scare, you might remember all the doomsaying about the supposed design error that would have made computer systems unable to tell the difference between the year 1900 and 2000. At the stroke of midnight, January 1, 2000, as the world entered the new millennium, planes were supposed to drop from the sky mid-flight, nuclear facilities would melt down left and right, the entire internet could spontaneously blink offline, and world banking systems were to collapse. Of course, none of those things happened, but as Global News tells us, Peter de Jager's original, simple advice about being careful about a potential bug ballooned into a $600 billion global effort to thwart an apocalypse that never happened.

    Bizarre Facts About The Crusades

    Bizarre Facts About The Crusades

    The Crusades were a pretty weird time. Granted, any period of history that involves not only intense religious fervor but seemingly unending bloody battles is bound to produce some pretty bizarre situations. And, given that the Crusades happened during the medieval period, when people had a lot yet to learn about the world outside of their particular fiefdom or duchy, things could get weird indeed.

    The Reason The Knights Templar Was Formed

    The Reason The Knights Templar Was Formed

    The Knights Templar are probably one of the most famous of the Crusaders. The group was at one point even considered the wealthiest order of knights during that period. But the Knights Templar weren't formed to fight during the Crusades. The Templars envisioned a far different mission when they first started.

    This Was The Dress Code Of The Knights Templar

    This Was The Dress Code Of The Knights Templar

    For 900 years, the Poor Fellow Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon – the Knights Templar – have inspired the imagination, same as they did when they were a mere band of road-protecting sword wielders (think costume-wearing local superheroes here) in the days following the First Crusade, as National Geographic explains. When pilgrims from the West finally had a chance to make the bandit-plagued journey to Jerusalem, and local law enforcement wasn't up to snuff, in stepped the future, elite paramilitary fighters and pan-European banking service of the Templars. The Assassin's Creed games (you can play as a fictional Templar assassin), the Night Watch of the Wall in "Game of Thrones" (chaste, well-dressed fighters), the Jedi in "Star Wars": All of them and more, as GQ outlines, have romanticized and utilized the Templars as a, well, template.

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