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Pope Urban II
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Religious Figure
    (1042-July 29, 1099)
    Birth name was Otho
    Pope of the Catholic Church (1088-1099)
    Gave a speech at the Council of Clermont
    Known for starting the First Crusades
    He was born into nobility.
    He is credited with starting the religious wars between Christianity and Muslims that lasted for centuries.
    He used his papal powers to gain political sway in Europe.
    He excommunicated Philippe I of France for his repeated marital infidelities.
    He excommunicated Henry IV of the Holy Roman Empire because of his desire to place secular leaders at important religious posts.
    Henry IV had to beg on his knees in order for his excommunication to be lifted, which it was under certain conditions Henry IV violated once again.
    He constantly belittled the Turks and underestimated their fighting strength as a method to unite European armies against them.
    He desperately wanted Jerusalem back into Christian hands.
    He recommended freeing the prisons and using the prisoners as soldiers against the Turks.
    His encouragement of the Crusades lead to as many as nine other crusades that weren't nearly as effective.
    His inspiring of the Crusades lead to a cultural revolution in Europe with many famous pieces of art created during this period.
    He managed to unite a great deal of European heads of state against a common foe.
    He was a gifted orator, and it is said that his single speech at the Council of Clermont was one of the most effective speeches in European history.
    After that speech, most of the European Christian nations were ready to fight the Turks.
    He died fourteen days after the fall of Jerusalem to the Crusaders. But, as news was slow to arrive back then, he did not lived to hear about it.
    He brought into the Catholic sphere of influence Campagna and Sicily by establishing a secular ruler on the Sicilian border.
    He was one of the most effective and powerful popes in Catholic history.

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