A Concise History of the Crusades / Edition 1

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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.
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Editorial Reviews

H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
Much praise is due to the author for giving us such a clear, concise picture of an ever-changing area of scholarship.
— Patrick J. Holt
Catholic Historical Review
Readers will be pleased that Thomas Madden has hit just the right note in his sweeping but concise account of the crusades. 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. And to give the graphic point, he offers the reader fourteen clearly produced maps depicting the Mediterranean world about A.D. 1000, the routes of the main crusades, and the crusade plan of Maximilian I in 1518. The usefulness of these is reinforced by an index, a glossary, mainly of Islamic terms, a list of translated sources, and a select bibliography.
Missiology: An International Review
A gripping narrative approach of the medieval social, economic, religious, and intellectual environments that gave birth to the Crusades and nurtured them for centuries.
The Historian
Readers will owe Thomas Madden warm thanks for so clear an introductory account of so complex a phenomenon as a crusade.
Byzantische Zeitschrift
A brilliant text and handbook for students, teachers and all readers taking interest in the history of the Crusades.
New Oxford Review
It is clear handling of a complex subject that lets the facts speak for themselves. The book, moreover, lives up to its title. It is concise, but not overly simplified. It would serve as a fine text for undergraduate history students.
Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations
Lucid, interesting, and lively. It certainly deserves to be listed in the bibliography for all undergraduate and school courses on the Crusades.
Washington Post Book World - James Reston Jr.
In little more than 200 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.
H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online - Patrick J. Holt
Much praise is due to the author for giving us such a clear, concise picture of an ever-changing area of scholarship.
James Powell
Professor Madden has written a strong narrative of the crusades, focusing on the crusades to the East and on the major (or numbered) crusades.
Alfred Andrea
This is a wonderful piece of work that will greatly add to the sum of crusade historiography. . . . It is brilliantly executed. . . . 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.
The Catholic Historical Review
Readers will be pleased that Thomas Madden has hit just the right note in his sweeping but concise account of the crusades. 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. And to give the graphic point, he offers the reader fourteen clearly produced maps depicting the Mediterranean world about A.D. 1000, the routes of the main crusades, and the crusade plan of Maximilian I in 1518. The usefulness of these is reinforced by an index, a glossary, mainly of Islamic terms, a list of translated sources, and a select bibliography.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847694303
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Series: Critical Issues History Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas F. Madden is associate professor of history at Saint Louis University and the co-author of The Fourth Crusade: The Conquest of Constantinople.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Call Chapter 2 The First Crusade Chapter 3 The Rise and Fall of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem and the Second Crusade Chapter 4 The Decline of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem and the Third Crusade Chapter 5 The Fourth Crusade Chapter 6 Crusading at Home: The Albigensian Crusade and the Children's Crusade Chapter 7 The Fifth Crusade and the Crusade of Frederick II Chapter 8 The Crusades of St. Louis Chapter 9 The Decline of Crusading
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2000

    God Wills It -- This Book if not the Crusades

    This is a clean, graceful account of the first two centuries of Western crusading. It is particularly valuable for the clarification of who crusaders were and why they were on crusade.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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