Crusades: The Illustrated History

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An important, richly illustrated account of the struggle between Christianity and Islam in the Near East, and an essential guide to understanding many modern-day conflicts, from the Balkans and Lebanon to Palestine and the War on Terror

". . . the ideal volume for anyone with a desire to know more about the struggle between Christianity and Islam in the Near East. . . . Beautifully illustrated, this informative guide to the major Crusades not only clearly defines the conflict and traces the individual campaigns but also places in context the historical roots of the 21st century tensions between Islam and the West."
---Monterey County Herald

"The book is a model of organization and pertinent illustration, with maps, sidebars, a chronology and an accessible bibliography. Given so fine and comprehensive an introduction, readers are likely to turn to the classic prose narratives, both Christian and Islamic. They will also have a new appreciation of the current Christian-Islamic conflict and its many roots."

"[Crusades] is attractively illustrated and has a great number of boxes and sidebars offering a more detailed examination of people and events that are mentioned in the main text. A useful introduction to the subject for students and interested readers alike, [and] a fine addition to both public and academic libraries."
---Library Journal

* Includes more than 150 photographs, maps, and specially commissioned artworks, all in full color

* With special features on a variety of key topics, from Jerusalem: City of Holy Places to the Glories of the Ottoman Empire

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Madden (The Fourth Crusade) has assembled an expert team to produce a popular history of the Crusades. While it focuses on the Middle Eastern crusades, it also treats those that took place in Europe, including the suppression of the Cathar religion in southern France, the reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula, and the forcible conversion to Christianity of the Prussians and other peoples of the Eastern Baltic littoral. While not as much in the public eye, these crusades were influential in shaping European history. The volume is attractively illustrated and has a great number of boxes and sidebars offering a more detailed examination of people and events that are mentioned in the main text. The work also includes ten essays on specific topics ranging from architecture to warfare. A timely last chapter looks at the current situation between Islam and the West. While this work downplays the severity of such events as the capture of Jerusalem during the First Crusade, it provides a useful introduction to the subject for students and interested readers alike. A fine addition to both public and academic libraries.-Robert J. Andrews, Duluth P.L. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472031276
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 9/12/2005
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 620,448
  • Product dimensions: 8.62 (w) x 11.12 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas F. Madden is Chair of History at Saint Louis University and author of several books, including The Fourth Crusade and A Concise History of the Crusades.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 6
1 Christendom and the Umma 12
Christian Unity and Divergence 14
The Rise of Islam 18
Pilgrimage 22
The Shared Holy Land 24
Christian Holy War and Jihad 26
The West Awakes: The Eleventh Century 28
2 The First Crusade: "Impelled by the Love of God" 32
Chaos in the East 34
The Armies Depart 36
The Campaign in Anatolia 40
The Sieges of Antioch 42
The Road to Jerusalem 44
The Fall of the Holy City 46
The Growth of the Latin East 48
The Diversity of Crusading 50
"Warrior Monks": The Military Orders 52
The Rise of Islamic Unity 54
Crusader Castles 56
3 The Second Crusade: War Cruel and Unremitting 58
Disaster in the East 60
The Kingdom Recovers 64
European Settlement in the East 66
The Race for Egypt 68
The Rise of Saladin 70
The Horns of Hattin 74
"Sweet Victory": Saladin Triumphant 76
4 The Third Crusade: A Campaign of Europe's Elite 78
The Kings Take the Cross 80
The Crusade Heads East 82
Barbarossa's Crusade 84
The Siege of Acre 86
Control of the Sea 88
Advance to Jerusalem 90
Discord and Rivalry 94
The End of the Enterprise 96
5 The Fourth Crusade: A Tragic Misfire 98
A New Pope, a New Crusade 100
Venice Joins the Crusade 102
Broken Promises 104
The Conquest of Zara 106
An Errand of Mercy 108
Relations Sour 110
The Sack of Constantinople 112
The Founding of the Latin Empire 114
The Spoils of War 116
6 Crusades in Europe: Infidels, Pagans, and Heretics 118
The Reconquista 120
The Fruits of Three Faiths Thomas F. Madden 124
The Wendish Crusade 126
Crusades in the Eastern Baltic 128
The Albigensian Crusade 132
Popular Crusades 136
Political Crusades 138
The Hussite Crusade 140
7 The Fifth Crusade to 1291: the Loss of the Holy Land 142
The Crusader States 144
Council and Crusade 146
The Fifth Crusade 148
Prophecy 152
The Crusade of Frederick II 154
Disorder in the Crusader Kingdom 156
The First Crusade of Louis IX 158
The Mamluk Sultanate 160
The End of the Latin Empire 162
A Kingdom Without a King 164
The Second Crusade of Louis IX 166
The Decline of the Latin East 168
The Fall of Acre 170
8 The Last Crusades: the Ottoman Threat 172
Crusading Projects and Dreams 174
Cyprus: The New Frontline 176
The Rise of the Ottomans 178
The Maritime League 180
The Conquest of the Balkans 182
The Crusade of Nicopolis 184
Disaster at Varna 186
The Fall of Constantinople 188
Knights of the Mediterranean 190
The Reformation 192
The Battle of Lepanto 194
The Glories of the Ottomans 196
The End of the Crusades 198
9 The Legacy of the Crusades 200
Crusading in the Western Imagination 202
Islamic Responses to the West 206
A Clash of Civilizations? 210
Further Reading 212
Chronology 214
Index 215
Text Acknowledgments 222
Picture Credits 224
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