In the Crusades, how many people died?

Crusade deaths are estimated to have ranged from 1 million to 9 million people. It is impossible to ascertain the actual number because mediaeval civilizations did not always retain reliable birth and death records. However, most academics agree that the total was in the millions.

The crusades lasted from the late 11th century until the late 14th century. They were meant to cleanse the church and prepare it for Christ’s second coming. Aside from attempted extermination, many individuals perished in battle because it was believed that all Jews needed to be converted or dead before Jesus. When the Christian crusaders saw the tremendous wealth they had amassed, they pillaged their cities and villages, killing many Muslims.

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Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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