Did any crusaders have a problem with sacking Constantinople?

Maki

Ad Honorem
Jan 2017
3,098
Republika Srpska
#11
We must not forget that Catholic clergy that was with the Crusaders and the Venetians proclaimed the war against Byzantium a holy war. This is what Villerhardouin has to say about that:

"Wherefore we tell you", said the clergy, "that this war is lawful and just, and that if you have the right intention in conquering this this land, to bring it into the Roman obedience, all those who die after confession shall have part in the indulgence granted by the Pope." And you must know that by this the barons and pilgrims were greatly comforted."

So, the war was presented as a struggle against the schismatics. This certainly made the war much more palatable for many crusaders who may have been shocked that they were fighting fellow Christians.
 

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