The Concise History of the Crusades

The Concise History of the Crusades

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Overview: 'God wills it!' With that cry of medieval knights a new era in European history began. Across Europe a wave of pious enthusiasm led many thousands to leave their homes, family, and friends to march to a distant land in a great struggle for Christ. Yet the crusades were more than simply a holy war. They represent a synthesis of attitudes and values that were uniquely medieval-so medieval, in fact, that the crusading movement is rarely understood today. This book places the crusades within the medieval social, economic, religious, and intellectual environments that gave birth to the movement and nurtured it for centuries. The events of the crusades to Palestine and Europe's periphery are narrated in a clear, concise, and compelling manner. Special attention is also given to the crusades' effects on the Islamic world and the Christian Byzantine East. Also included is a historiographical overview of the subject as well as an up-to-date select biography.
Publisher: Lanham, MD : Rowman & Littlefield, 2013
Edition: 3rd ed
ISBN: 9781442215740
Characteristics: x, 243 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm


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Feb 15, 2017

Great history of the crusades and it is indeed concise (about 200 pages). The cover says it is the third student edition. Doesn't seem intended for children, but maybe intended for most of us who know little about the crusades. I enjoyed the fact that the author included detail about the Muslims and their strategies and reactions. The author indicates that most modern readers have no real perception of medieval mentality, how fighting holy wars were part of life. By about the 10th crusade, I'm thinking, why did they keep conducting crusades when it was too often political (Western European and papal politics) that cost a lot (money, lives, etc.) without much success. The author also covers later crusades against the Mongols and the Turks. I found his final chapter - the Legacy of the Crusades fascinating, stating the crusades were influences on the European history of colonialism. Overall, excellent coverage of 500 years of history that had significant modern implications.

Jan 24, 2017

An excellent book.

Nov 30, 2015

“Richard The Lionheart Massacres the Saracens, 1191”
and . . .
“Siege of Jerusalem (1099)”
and . . .
Christian apology for the Crusades: The Reconciliation Walk”
Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance

Oct 15, 2015

further reading: . . . .
“Historical killings for Christianity – The Crusades”
from: . . .
and . . .
“Violence in the Crusades” . . . by Austin Cline . . .
from: . . .
and . . .
“VICTIMS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH: Crusades ( 1095-1291)” . . by Kelsos . .
from: . . .
and . . .
“Crimes of Christianity Chapter IX The Crusades”
from: . . . . . .

ecrl Oct 14, 2015

As the title implies, this is, indeed, a concise book. The author, Dr. Thomas Madden, is an historian. He is Professor of History who specializes in ancient and medieval history, and is the Director of Saint Louis University's Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. He wrote the "Crusades" entry for the Encyclopaedia Britannica, is the recipient of many awards, and this book has been translated into 7 foreign languages. Nuff said! (Suggested reading: "God's Battalions: The Case for the Crusades," Rodney Stark.)

LRS1969 Aug 26, 2015

Wow, concise is right.

Hard to buy into author's arguments.

Too much subjectivity... not objective; poorly referenced (as far as even remotely authentic references - on occasion references disputed author's point).

Seemed agenda-driven.


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