Today in World History (November, 27th)


On November 27, 1095, exactly 922 years ago today, Pope Urban II called for the able-bodied Christians to liberate Jerusalem from the Muslims.

It is on record that since the 6th century, Christians had frequently made pilgrimages to the Jerusalem, the birthplace of their religion, but when the Seljuk Turks took control of the area, Christians were barred from the Holy City.

However, when the Turks threatened to invade the Byzantine Empire and take Constantinople, Byzantine Emperor, Alexius I, made a special appeal to Pope Urban for help.

Although that call for help was not the first of its kind, it however came at an important time for the Pope who in a bid to consolidate the powers of the papacy mobilized a united Christian front to fight and take back the Holy Land from the Muslim Turks.