Middle Ages news report

Just in by Matthew Tarnoff

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The crusades

The crusades(AKA the Holy Wars) were a great source of war and sorrow in the Middle Ages. These wars occurred when the Christians tried to take back the holy land, or Jerusalem from the Muslims. The first attempt succeeded and they took Jerusalem back. After they scattered around, letting the Muslims reconquer it. These crusades continued with the Muslims either retaking or still having control of Jerusalem. They lost more and more success as they went on.
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The Spanish Inquisition

The Spanish Inquisition was an infamous time in Spain. This happened when queen Isabella and King Ferdinand wanted to purify Spain of all heretics. These were anyone who converted religions that were originally under Islam or were a Jew. They wanted them to confess that they were not fully Christian. In order to do this, they would torture the heretics. One of the most used methods were the method shown above. This was called Strappado, where a person is hung by their hands and was bounced in order to dislocate the shoulder joints. This obviously made them confess, therefore, it worked for the king and queen.
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Knights

Knights were the main source of arms and firepower in medieval times. They followed a code called Chivalry. This code was a way of life for a knight. They would have to first be of noble blood. Then they would train as a page and learn about being loyal, kind and honorable. They also competed in tournaments to test their skills against other knights.
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The Papacy

The main religious and political leader for not only the catholic church but also most of Europe. They were powerful leaders and now even has his own country. This means that obviously, they were all a big deal. Also, a good ability that not only he had but the clergy had also was to excommunicate a member of nobility or a clergy member for disrespecting them or God. An excommunicated member would banished out into another society, with him/her not being able to talk with anyone or even look at them. The general populous would not look at him/her either as a shun or banishing.