The Concise History of the Crusades (Critical Issues in World and International History)

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Were the crusades the Christian equivalent of modern jihad? In this sweeping yet crisp history, Thomas F.

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Madden offers a brilliant and compelling narrative of the crusades and their contemporary relevance. With a cry of "God wills it! Across Europe a wave of pious enthusiasm led many thousands to leave their homes, family, and friends to march to distant lands 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.

Placing all the major crusades within the medieval social, economic, religious, and intellectual environments that gave birth to the movement and nurtured it for centuries, Madden brings the distant medieval world vividly to life. From Palestine and Europe's farthest reaches, each crusade is recounted in a clear, concise narrative. The author gives special attention as well to the crusades' effects on the Islamic world and the Christian Byzantine East. More information is available on the author's website.

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The First Crusade. The Fourth Crusade. Crusading at Home. The Crusades of St Louis. Madden offers a brilliant and compelling narrative of the crusades and their contemporary relevance. With a cry of "God wills it " medieval knights ushered in a new era in European history. Across Europe a wave of pious enthusiasm led many thousands to leave their homes, family, and friends to march to distant lands 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. Placing all the major crusades within the medieval social, economic, religious, and intellectual environments that gave birth to the movement and nurtured it for centuries, Madden brings the distant medieval world vividly to life. From Palestine and Europe's farthest reaches, each crusade is recounted in a clear, concise narrative. The author gives special attention as well to the crusades' effects on the Islamic world and the Christian Byzantine East.

More information is available on the author's website. Additional Product Features Dewey Edition. Praise for the first edition:In little more than pages, in crystal-clear and economical prose, Madden does a superb job of exposition. As an introduction to the vast literature of the crusades, this is a jewel of a book. It has all one needs to understand the epic nature of the various mobilizations and invasions, who the important players were and how they operated, and why what was for centuries romanticized as chivalrous has today become odious.

The book, moreover, lives up to its title.

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It is concise, but not overly simplified. It would serve as a fine text for undergraduate history students. It certainly deserves to be listed in the bibliography for all undergraduate and school courses on the Crusades.

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It should be required reading for anyone presuming to discuss crusading, crusaders, and the Crusades. It is brilliantly executed.

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Placing all of the. The crusades were a quintessentially medieval phenomenon, which both defined and reflected the unique social forces that characterized Europe in the Middle Ages.

Madden's ability as a writer of gripping narrative shines through. This is a work that students will love, largely because it does not read like a textbook It is clearly and artfully written, user-friendly, and well-organized, with excellent maps and an up-to-date suggested readings and sources in translation section. While he follows the development of crusading down to the period of the Protestant Reformation, and offers, in an afterword, speculations about the modern impact of the medieval crusade, he never fails to interest and inform.

His prose is lucid.

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And to give the graphic point, he offers the reader fourteen clearly produced maps depicting the Mediterranean world about A. The usefulness of these is reinforced by an index, a glossary, mainly of Islamic terms, a list of translated sources, and a select bibliography Show More Show Less. Pre-owned Pre-owned.

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