Barbara G. Walker

"Holy wars" designed to wrest property away from the heathen or heretic enemies of orthodox Christianity. Crusades were usually fought by vassals of Christian overlords, including the wealthy clergy. Warriors were promised not only the standard soldiers' spoils, but also indulgences, like instant remission of sins and admission to heaven guaranteed no matter what crimes the crusader may have committed.

Barbara G. Walker / <cite>The Woman&#039;s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets</cite>

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