Pope Urban at Clermont Ferrand, The Real Reason for the Crusades.

A collage of four of the six members from Mont...

A collage of four of the six members from Monty Python, and the famous foot used in ‘Flying Circus’ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m reminded of the beginning of Life of Brian, where people are gathered to hear someone, who is supposed to be Jesus speaking in a field.

Terry Jones, of Monty Python did a series about the Crusades.  Can you imagine the same scene as in Life of Brian with the back of the crowd not really sure what Pope Urban was saying.  What, we are going on a trip?  To the Holy Land.  All expenses paid?  Tell me more.

The Pope talked about Muslim atrocities against Christians in the Holy Land and whipped the crowd into a frenzy.  Nothing new about this.  In the early 20th Century Louisiana Governor Huey Long was a master of this sort of thing.

After watching Terry Jones’ series, I realized the Pope’s real reason.  The Norman Knights were busy killing each other off.  He realized he wasn’t going to get the Normans to stop killing people.  So he did the next best thing.  He figuratively killed two birds with one stone, gave the Norman Knights a cause and someone to kill that wasn’t other Western Christians.  (They had a fine time killing Christians in the Byzantine Empire, but that’s next week’s episode).

They first began with batting practice killing Jews in the Rhineland.  As a Jew, I tend to object.

I am only covering the First Crusade here.  I can probably come up with stuff for the following centuries.



About tucsonmike

I am originally from Brooklyn, New York and now live in Tucson, Arizona. I have discovered a passion for writing. I have five books out now, with a sixth on the way. Take a look @ my book list: The Search for Livingstone An Affair of the Heart The Search for Otzi Griffith Justice in Space. Moriarty The Life and Times of a Criminal Genius Available now on Smashwords - Amazon and Barnes and Noble As to not bore my public with just "Buy my book," I am also interested in baseball, the outdoors, art, architecture, technology, the human mind and DNA. I learned Ashkenazi Jews, of which I am one, have to lowest rate of Alzheimer's in the world. Therefore, I treat my brain as a muscle needing a workout. I enjoy good food, flirtation, beautiful women (I am happily married for thirty years), so just flirting ;) I was considered autistic when I was young, trying to figure out if I have a mild form of Aspergers and learning from that. That is for future posts. You can also see I love history. Enjoy my sarcastic silly look at the world, and making History more interesting than a textbook.
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