What is the relationship between the medieval crusades and the problems of the modern Middle East? Were the crusades the Christian equivalent of Muslim jihad? In this sweeping yet crisp history, Thomas F. Madden offers a brilliant and compelling narrative of the crusades and their contemporary relevance. Placing all of the major crusades within ...
What is the relationship between the medieval crusades and the problems of the modern Middle East? Were the crusades the Christian equivalent of Muslim jihad? In this sweeping yet crisp history, Thomas F. Madden offers a brilliant and compelling narrative of the crusades and their contemporary relevance. Placing all of the major crusades within their medieval social, economic, religious, and intellectual environments, Madden explores the uniquely medieval world that led untold thousands to leave their homes, families, and friends to march in Christ s name to distant lands. 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."
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This book reviews all of the Crusades from the first Crusade starting in 1095 A.D. to the last one ending around 1250 A.D. It goes into enough detail for the general reader. It also offers a select bibliography for those readers who wish to read in more detail about any particular crusade. I would think it would satisfy the interest level of 80% of readers. One thing that surprised me was the amount of inter-Christian rivalry and even armed conflict among the Crusaders - absent that, I think they would've been far more successful in their mission of retaking the Holy Land for Christianity. What a pity!
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