Fourth Crusade (1200-1204)


How the spirit from which the crusades originated had changed in the course of little over a century, became sadly apparent when Innocent III. preached the fourth crusade (1203). A number of the most distinguished noblemen- Thibaut of Champagne, Simon of Montfort, Baldwin of Flanders, etc. - assembled at Venice with about twenty thousand combatants. But Venice demanded eighty-five thousand marks silver for the transfer of the crusaders to the Holy Land; and, as they were unable to pay this sum in cash, they went first to Dalmatia, where they conquered Zare for Venice, and then to Constantinople, which they also conquered (April 12, 1201), and where they established a Latin Empire under Baldwin of Flanders. To the Holy Land they never went. The Pope felt shocked, and summoned a new crusade. He was answered by the children. In France arose a movement in 1212 which even the government was not able to suppress. Thousands of children, boys and girls, often of the tenderest age, took the cross, and rushed in feverish enthusiasm towards the Holy Land. Some swarms reached Italy; and there they melted away, by hunger and disease, in the waves, and in the slave-mar-kets. Two regular armies were organized in 1217 by Andrew II. of Hungary, and Count William of Holland. But, Andrew having left the enterprise with the best part of his troops, the rest of the armies went, not to the Holy Land, but on a robber-expedition to Egypt, where most of them perished in the Nile floods.

Philip Schaff, ed., A Religious Encyclopaedia or Dictionary of Biblical, Historical, Doctrinal, and Practical Theology, 3rd edn, Vol. 1. Toronto, New York & London: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1894. p.577.

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1st Crusade | 2nd Crusade | 3rd Crusade | 4th Crusade | Children's Crusade | 5th Crusade | 6th Crusade | 7th Crusade