Concise History of the Crusades / Edition 256

Concise History of the Crusades / Edition 256

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by Thomas F. Madden
     
 

'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… See more details below

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'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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847694297
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/1999
Series:
Critical Issues History Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
9.88(w) x 6.16(h) x 0.84(d)

Meet the Author

Thomas F. Madden is professor of history and director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University. A widely recognized expert on the Crusades and Christian-Muslim relations, he is the author of numerous books, including The Fourth Crusade: The Conquest of Constantinople, Enrico Dandolo and the Rise of Venice, and Venice: A New History. Awards for his scholarship include the Haskins Medal (Medieval Academy of America) and the Otto Gründler Prize (Medieval Institute). He resides in St. Louis, Missouri.

Table of Contents

List of Maps
Preface
1The Call1
2The First Crusade17
3The Rise of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem and the Second Crusade39
4The Decline of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem and the Third Crusade65
5The Fourth Crusade99
6Crusading at Home123
7The Fifth Crusade and the Crusade of Frederick II143
8The Crusades of St. Louis167
9The Decline of Crusading187
Afterword213
Glossary217
Select Bibliography221
Sources in Translation229
Index233
About the Author249

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