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Very good. Solid copy, notations inside front and on the chronology page. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 9.5", 191 pages, illustrations, maps, index, glossary, chronology It is a very long time since relations between the Islamic and Western worlds have been as tense as they are today, and a recurrent theme in Islamic suspicions of the West is that of a new Crusade. In a statement issued on 24 September 2001 Osama bin Laden described the allied troops deploying in Afghanistan as 'the new Jewish and Christian crusader campaign that is led by the Chief Crusader bush under the banner of the Cross'. Clearly the time is ripe to pose fundamental questions about the original Crusaders. Who were they? What were they fighting for? How did they perceive themselves and their enemies? Housley allows the answers to such questions to emerge through the writings of the Crusaders themselves. They were men and women from virtually every country in medieval Europe fired by the conviction that by taking the Cross to liberate the Holy Land they were carrying out God's Command. They believed themselves to be Christ's warriors and their opponents to be Christ's enemies. Norman Housley is a Professor of History at the University of Leicester.
Very Good. The Crusades remains an ever-popular topic in the field of history and this book forms another general introduction to the Crusades from the 11th century through to the 15th century. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 191 p. Contains: Illustrations.
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