Tricking children into willingly marching into slavery.
Greta’s crusade reminds me of the Children’s Crusade in 1212 that destroyed lives and used the children, says reader Jimmy Walter.
The Children’s Crusade was a failed popular crusade by European Christians to regain the Holy Land from the Muslims, said to have taken place in 1212. The crusaders left areas of Northern France, led by Stephen of Cloyes, and Germany, led by Nicholas.
The traditional narrative is likely conflated from some factual and mythical events which include the visions by a French boy and a German boy, an intention to peacefully convert Muslims in the Holy Land to Christianity, bands of children marching to Italy, and children being sold into slavery.
Many children were tricked by merchants and sailed over to what they thought were the holy lands but, in reality, were slave markets.