Little more half the time allowed the accumulating of the crusaders had deceased, when a crowd of some 60000 men and women, neither affectionate nor entertaining the means by which their ends could be accomplished, insisted that the hermit should lead them directly to Jerusalem.
Mere charity may justify the feeling that some even among these may have been folk of adequate lives moved by the earnest article of faith that their going to Jerusalem would do some good, that the huge majority esteemed their, vow as a certify for the charge of any sin, there can be no moral doubt; that they demoed not a single caliber asked for the successful prosecution of their endeavor, is absolutely certain.
With a rashness equal to his ignorance, Peter the Hermit attempted the task, in which he was aided by Walter the Penniless, a man with some pretensions to the warriorlike character. But the utter disarray of this assorted host made it inconceivable for them to journey long together. At Cologne they broke up company; and 15000 under Walter the penniless made their way to the frontiers of Hungary, while Peter led ahead a host which intumesced bit by bit on the march to about 40000.