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The Crusades were a series of holy wars launched by the Catholic Church against the Saracens, or Muslims. In 1095, Pope Claremont inspired thousands of Christians to undertake the fight to retake the holy sites of the Middle East from the hands of the Muslims. These eight crusades were divided into two categories, with the first four being called the Principal Crusades, and the other four being called the Minor Crusades. There were several other expeditions, notably the Children's Crusade.



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