‘The crisis of the Byzantine Empire was the main reason for the First Crusade.

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  • ‘The crisis of the Byzantine Empire was the main reason for the First Crusade.’
    • Support
      • defeat of Byzantine forces by the Seljuk Turks at Manzikert in 1071
      • rise of the Seljuk Turks under Alp Arslan and the effects of the advance into Armenia showed that further territorial losses were likely
      • Empire felt it necessary to appeal for help from the Latin West in 1074 and on several later occasions
      • desire to profit from the weakness of the Empire
    • Other factors
      • growing power and influence of the papacy, the ambitions of the Frankish knights to gain fame and fortune, popular religious movements.
      • crisis of the Byzantine Empire as more the excuse for than the cause of the First Crusade

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