After the dangerous, hard and long journey, the first crusaders reached Jerusalem in 1099. The result of the first crusade or religious war was the formation of four different Latin Kingdoms and states. In the Middle East, as a result of the first crusade, the establishment of Principality Antioch, County Edessa, County Tripoli and Kingdom of Jerusalem took place. In fact, the first Christian Crusaders picked the symbol of Cross. Crusaders also produced works of art and architecture which are, beautifully described in “The Art of Crusaders in the Holy Land.”
Charismatic penance followed the first crusades
Pope Urban 11 gave a different turn to crusade war. He gave it a charismatic punishment of pilgrim to Jerusalem. In fact, it was Fulcher who stated that anyone who dies during the battle, whether by sea or land while fighting the pagans, will see a remission of sins. If anyone joins the crusade not for money or fame, but for liberating the Church of Christ will substitute this journey for the penance.
How is first Crusade different from other wars?
Crusades, whether first or second, is distinct from usual wars. Here one is not fighting for any personal interest or fatherland but the Almighty God and the Holy Cross. It is fought for the cause of Jerusalem. Thus, Crusade has holy significance and a universal purpose.
The first Crusade witnessed spectacular success much unlike the second one. You can say that Christian Crusaders were the heroes of the crusades fought and they took part in the religious war.