St. Bernard Preaches Second Crusade

St. Bernard Preaches Second Crusade

St. Bernard of Clairvaux
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Second Crusade: St. Bernard of Clairvaux preaches the merits and necessity of the Second Crusade at Vézelay.

Bernard writes in a letter to the Templars:

"The Christian who slays the unbeliever in the Holy War is sure of his reward, the more sure if he himself is slain.

The Christian glories in the death of the pagan, because Christ is thereby glorified."

King Louis VII of France is particularly taken by Bernard's preaching and is among the first to agree to go, along with his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine.

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