Concise History of the Crusades / Edition 256by Thomas F. Madden
Pub. Date: 10/28/1999
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
'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 medievalso medieval, in fact, that the crusading movement is rarely undertood 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.
Table of Contents
Chapter 2: The First Crusade
Chapter 3: The Rise 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
Chapter 7: The Fifth Crusade and the Crusade of Frederick II
Chapter 8: The Crusades of St. Louis
Chapter 9: The Later Crusades
Chapter 10: The Legacy of the Crusades
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The author uses a simple, straight-forward approach to explain the subject. Good overview of the crusades.