The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Crusades [NOOK Book]

Overview

You're no idiot, of course. You know the Crusades were a war between Christian and Muslims for control of the Holy Land. However, these bloody conflicts raged over centuries, under changing circumstances, making the whole story difficult to follow.



You don't have to don armour and cross deserts to relive the Crusades! 'The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Crusades' shows you why these wars began, why they continued for so long, and how their ...

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Crusades

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Overview

You're no idiot, of course. You know the Crusades were a war between Christian and Muslims for control of the Holy Land. However, these bloody conflicts raged over centuries, under changing circumstances, making the whole story difficult to follow.



You don't have to don armour and cross deserts to relive the Crusades! 'The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Crusades' shows you why these wars began, why they continued for so long, and how their impact on the world still resonates. This 'Complete Idiot's Guide' gives you:


-An introduction to the Dark Ages and the Renaissance, and why Pope Urban II would grant absolution to anyone who reclaimed the Holy Land for Christianity.


-The origins of such Holy Orders as the Knights Templar, the Hospitallers, and the Teutonic Knights and the roles they played during the Crusades.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101199282
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2001
  • Series: COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE Series
  • Sold by: DK
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 474,163
  • File size: 831 KB

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  • Posted April 4, 2011

    don't touch it

    Definitely written for the idiot, in contrast to some of the other historicals in the series. Note to historians, experts, etc. writing a summary under these titles: those who read these are not, in fact, morons, as the title implies, but responsible and conscientious individuals attempting to expand their knowledge in an abbreviated manner. On a positive note, however, it did greatly pique my interest in the events and since I have taken up reading The Crusades by Thomas Asbridge, a far better narrative on the subject, even for the casual learner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2006

    With 'history' like this who needs fiction?

    The tile is more than appropriate. It is idiot's version of the crusades written by an apparent idiot. The author seems to be an utterly clueless amateur about military matters, medieval combat or arms & armor, and the history of feudal warfare in the Middle East. He seems to have relied on the worst sources as references while writing in a condescending manner about his topic as if trying to guarantee the reader will come to disdain the subject of history. Just reading the author's credentials reveals something of the bias he shows toward his subject as well as his clear lack of academic authority for writing such a work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2001

    Blood, Guts and Glory

    Wow! This book grabs you by the scruff of the neck and takes you on the four great Christian crusades to reconquer the Holy Land. It provides not only an easy to read guide through this epoch but also an excellent introduction to the Middle Ages.

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