How One Speech Started a Medieval Holy War

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Published Date10/29/2018
Media SourceForbes
DepartmentReligion and Culture
Faculty MemberMatthew Gabriele
External LinkHow One Speech Started a Medieval Holy War
summaryExcerpt: ”It’s sometimes argued that calls to violence are simply ‘rhetoric,’ that they’re just language. But words have meaning. Language, and the ideas it conveys, influences actions. There’s much more to say about later crusades — and the phenomenon of ‘the Crusades’ as a whole — but it is not too much to say that words made the First Crusade.”