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How did the Crusades affect the King's power/authority, during and after the Crusades?

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closed as off-topic by Flimzy, James T, Affable Geek, fredsbend the Grinch, Narnian Nov 13 '13 at 14:08

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I think this is more of a History question than a Christianity question. Even then, there may be so many ways that the Crusades can affect the King's power. –  Anonymous Sep 7 '13 at 3:59
    
I think this is on topic and an interesting question that could be addressed with a high-level overview. –  David Stratton Sep 7 '13 at 4:21
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Which king are you referring to? There were dozens of kings affected by the Crusades.. –  Charles Alsobrook Sep 7 '13 at 15:14
    
Is this already sufficiently answered, implicitly, by the section on kings in my answer to your other question? –  James T Sep 27 '13 at 19:29
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This question appears to be off-topic because it is about political history, not Christianity. –  Flimzy Nov 8 '13 at 15:44

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They helped to break down feudalism by increasing the authority of kings.

  • Some nobles died in battle without leaving an heir. Their lands passed to the king.
  • Some nobles sold their land in an effort to raise money to pay the special tax levied by the king to offset the cost of the crusades.
  • Some nobles gave their serfs a chance to buy their freedom in an effort to raise money they needed to buy armor and weapons
  • Some young men who could buy their way out of feudal obligation joined the crusades. Many died. That reduced the work force. If a farm failed, it passed to the king.
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It's worth commenting that forfeiture to the Crown was (is!) a feature of English law. –  Andrew Leach Nov 8 '13 at 11:15
    
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