The Great Crusades: History and Timeline


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What evidence is there that the Crusades were about more than regaining the Holy Land from the Muslims?

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1. Why was the the Sixth Crusade, which was led by Frederick II of Germany, successful?

2. In the Fourth Crusade, why did Crusaders turn against their fellow Christians?

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About This Quiz and Worksheet

For more that 200 years, Christian and Muslim armies were engaged in a series of wars triggered by religious differences and conflict over control of Jerusalem, Palestine and much of the Middle East. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you understand the history of the Crusades, the failure of Crusader campaigns and the exploitation and misuse of the Crusader movement which led to devastating consequences for the Catholic Church and the papacy.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The mission of the Crusades
  • The role of Constantinople
  • Major leaders involved in the Crusades
  • Challenges faced by Crusader forces
  • Warfare vs. diplomacy during the Crusades

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained on the long history of the Great Crusades
  • Knowldge application - use the knowledge you've gained to answer questions about the history of the Crusades and the reasons behind their failure.
  • Making connections - explain how the evolution of the Crusades set the stage for the Protestant Reformation

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on the history of the Great Crusades. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Know the dates of key Crusades
  • Understand the personal, political and religious motives of the Crusaders
  • Know the weaknesses of the Crusader armies
  • Understand the church's role in undermining the Crusades
  • Understand the legacy of the Crusades and its effect on the Catholic Church