The New Concise History of the Crusades / Edition 1

The New Concise History of the Crusades / Edition 1

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by Thomas F. Madden
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0742538230

ISBN-13: 9780742538238

Pub. Date: 11/10/2005

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

A third edition of this book is now available.

How have the crusades contributed to Islamist rage and terrorism today? Were the crusades the Christian equivalent of modern jihad? In this sweeping yet crisp history, Thomas F. Madden offers a brilliant and compelling narrative of the crusades and their contemporary relevance.

With a cry of "God wills it!"

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A third edition of this book is now available.

How have the crusades contributed to Islamist rage and terrorism today? Were the crusades the Christian equivalent of modern jihad? In this sweeping yet crisp history, Thomas F. Madden offers a brilliant and compelling narrative of the crusades and their contemporary relevance.

With a cry of "God wills it!" medieval knights ushered in a new era in European history. Across Europe a wave of pious enthusiasm led many thousands to leave their homes, family, and friends to march to distant lands 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.

Placing all the major crusades within the medieval social, economic, religious, and intellectual environments that gave birth to the movement and nurtured it for centuries, Madden brings the distant medieval world vividly to life. From Palestine and Europe's farthest reaches, each crusade is recounted in a clear, concise narrative. The author gives special attention as well to the crusades' effects on the Islamic world and the Christian Byzantine East.

More information is available on the author's website.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742538238
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/10/2005
Series:
Critical Issues in World and International History Series
Edition description:
Updated Student Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.07(w) x 9.07(h) x 0.59(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Call
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: Later Crusades
Chapter 10: The Legacy of the Crusades

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The New Concise History of the Crusades 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
DesperateLands More than 1 year ago
This extraordinary and brilliant history has enriched my understanding of the crusades and their legacy. The book gives an introduction to the vast literature of the crusades a jewel of a book. The book is clearly and artfully written, user friendly easy to read and understand. Gives a excellent perspective view of the battles and errors and mistakes the European Crusades made during each battle in confronting the Arabs/Muslims in the Holy Lands! Depicts excellent Maps of ancient cities, routes taken by the European crusades. Plus it gives an excellent perspective view of how the Arabs/Muslims were able to conquer their Holy Lands back. A "Must Read" for anyone wanting to better understand the History of the Holy Wars and the Crusades and of the present War situation in the Middle East, Iraq, Afghanistan.
Keaton_krom More than 1 year ago
I learned a lot about the crusades in this book, and gained understanding about key figures during the crusading era. I also gained a better understanding of the map in the Crusading Era, as well as more of an understanding of the society of the time. I would recommend this book to anyone who wishes to gain a further understanding about the Crusades and the society based around them, as well as anyone interested trying to understand jihad. I feel that this book gave me more understanding about the Crusading Era as well as the culture based around crusading and the chivalric code. Madden did a great job on this book and that it is defiantly worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
vbn44 More than 1 year ago
The Reviewer Silly Rabbit is as the name implies, silly. In fact, one wonders if he/she ever read the book beyond the index. The book is the exact opposite of what SR claims. To quote the press release: "But the truth is that the Crusades had nothing to do with colonialism or unprovoked aggression -- and in A Concise History of the Crusades, renowned medieval historian Thomas F. Madden sets the record straight. The Crusades, he shows, were not the brainchild of an ambitious pope or rapacious knights but a response to more than four centuries of conquests in which Muslims had already captured two thirds of the old Christian world. At some point, Christianity as a faith and a culture had to defend itself or be subsumed by Islam. The Crusades were that defense. Their entire subsequent history is one of Western reaction to Muslim advances -- they were no more offensive than was the American invasion of Normandy." I wonder if Silly is also part of the Tea Party Movement?