Genealogy Projects tagged with crusades on the Geni Family Tree

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  • Knights Templar

    For naming conventions, see Medieval Kingdoms of Western Europe . At their peak, the Order of the Knights Templar (sometimes known as Temple Knights) had around 20,000 members. The legends surrounding their exploits may or may not be real (see below) but the men certainly were. This project is being created to give recognition to our ancestors, considered to be among the bravest of knights, K...

  • Crusades

    The Crusades were a series of religious expeditionary wars blessed by the Pope and the Catholic Church , with the main goal of restoring Christian access to the holy places in and near Jerusalem. The Crusades were originally launched in response to a call from the leaders of the Byzantine Empire for help to fight the expansion into Anatolia of Muslim Seljuk Turks who had cut off access to Jerus...

  • The Spear of Destiny

    This project identifies persons believed to have possessed one of the three or four major holy relics regarded to be the Spear of Destiny. The Spear of Destiny The Spear of Destiny, which is also known as the Holy Lance, Holy Spear, Lance of Longinus, or Spear of Longinus is said to have been used by Longinus, a Roman centurion, to pierce the side of Jesus Christ, when crucified on the cros...

  • Military orders

    For naming conventions, please see Medieval Kingdoms of Western Europe . A military order is a Christian society of knights that was founded for crusading, i.e. propagating and/or defending the faith (originally Catholic, after the reformation sometimes Protestant), either in the Holy Land or against Islam (Reconquista) or pagans (mainly Baltic region) in Europe. Many orders became secularize...