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Why did Pope Innocent call for a Fourth Crusade


  • became pope 8th Jan 1198, until 1216
  • very young pope
  • determined to restore christian control over the holy land

WHY: - for the reconquest of Jerusalem, convinced that all christendom would need to be mobilised for the effort. those who didn't fight should fast and pray.


  • he sent out a papal bull to negotiate necessary truces between the frenc and english kings
  • sent preachers into france and germany - promised that they will be forgiven for sin if they went on crusade
  • ordered for money to be paid to the churches
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