11. Urban II Speech At Clermont - Pope Urban II, 1095
Urban II Speech at Clermont 1095 | swissdefenceleague
Pope Urban II speech at Clermont, 1095, is arguably one of the most influential speeches of all times. It is the speech that fired up a whole nation to join together, even whilst parts of it were at war with each other, to fight against the perceived enemy of God, the Muslims; to fight for the Holy City, a city which it could be said they knew and cared little about until that moment at Clermont. This was a speech which was the catalyst for a series of wars, known now as the Crusades. And there were many of them. The first crusade set a precedence in its success, never to be matched again throughout the remaining crusades. Many lives fought, from trained knights to untrained children; and from the very riches to the very poorest. This speech reached out and touched everybody.