November 19, 1095

On This Date in! in 1095 AD, Pope Urban II called the Council of Clermont, which had the purpose of organizing the First Crusade to free Jerusalem and the Holy Lands from the Islam Menace. Pope Urban II told the kings of the Western countries that he didn’t expect the Crusade to last more than a year or two, as the people of the Holy Lands would greet the Crusaders as liberators. When the kings of France and England raised their eyebrows in disbelief, Pope Urban went on to say how the Moslem Overlords also had built up huge treasuries of gold, silver, and gems and how these treasuries also needed liberating and he then threw out the comment, “And did I mention the harems of hot women that also need liberating?” and with that the Western world of 1095AD decided that the Holy Lands needed saving.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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