The Crusades

The Children's Crusade


The so-called Children’s Crusade was a mysterious series of events that occurred in France and Germany in around 1212. Fuelled by the failings of the crusader armies, the story tells that large numbers of teenage peasants, allegedly some even younger, set out on a crusade to the Holy Land to ensure the peaceful conversion of Moslems to Christianity. According to the popular version of events, groups of wandering peasants marched to Italy under the leadership of a German named Nicholas. While most failed to pass the Alps, an influential group made it as far as Genoa or Marseilles, some of whom were captured and sold as slaves.