The 911th Anniversary of the First Crusade
On this day in the Year of the Incarnation 1095, our most Holy Lord and Father, Blessed Urban II, of the Order of St Benedict of the Cluniac Reform, gave a sermon at the Coucil of Clermont held in the commune of Clermont in the Auvergne. He called upon the Knights of Christendom to liberate the Holy Land from the Saracen infidels and the Knights of Christendom responded, "Deus vult!"
This was the First Crusade, of nine. May God speed the day when our current Holy Father (to whom may God grant a hundred years!) or his successor may preach the Tenth Crusade! And may we, the spiritual descendants of those XIth Century Knights, answer in like manner, "God wills it!"
From the Mediæval Sourcebook, five different versions of his sermon.
The article on Pope Urban from the Catholic Encyclopædia.
From the same source, the article on the Bull of the Crusade, granting the Crusade indulgence.
And, the article, Crusade.
An article by Robert P. Lockwood, of the Catholic League, on the Crusades.