The largely French crowd that heard the preaching of Urban II responded enthusiastically. The Fourth Crusade was in the instance of Innocent III and other French priests. It was, as a result, really a French crusade below papal direction. The Second Crusade, on the other hand, was a failure for Jerusalem was recaptured by the Muslims below Saladin in 118.
Constantinople may possibly serve as straightforward base for a Fifth Crusade against the Muslims. Many of the European styled castles at the Near East date from the time of the First Crusade. Richard had to proceed with the Crusade alone. After the recapture of Zara, the crusaders made a sudden change in objective.
Rather than sail to Alexandria in Egypt, they sailed to Constantinople and laid siege on the city. Besides, the strategic military importance of the new possession was obvious. The Fifth and Sixth Crusades had been only partially helpful. The Children had thought that their innocence would make sure their good results where their “sinful” parents had failed.