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Eschatology and the First Crusade

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[Technical Report, Master's Thesis]

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US Army Command and General Staff College

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This thesis examines how eschatological elements were present in the decision to begin the First Crusade, in the way in which it was conducted and in the manner of the completion and eventually fulfillment of the First Crusade. The eschatological elements present are the penitential cycle of sin-confession-absolution-penance, in pilgrimage to holy sites, in the Divine plan of God as describe in Deus lo vult or God will it and in the Final Judgment of the world. Finally, this thesis will scrutinizing how the crusade leaders engaged in actions, both military, religious and administrative in order to attain their goal.


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  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
  • Humanities and History

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[A, Approved For Public Release]