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

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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.
    – Double U
    Sep 7, 2013 at 3:59
  • I think this is on topic and an interesting question that could be addressed with a high-level overview. Sep 7, 2013 at 4:21
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    Which king are you referring to? There were dozens of kings affected by the Crusades..
    – user5286
    Sep 7, 2013 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, 2013 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, 2013 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.
  • It's worth commenting that forfeiture to the Crown was (is!) a feature of English law. Nov 8, 2013 at 11:15
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