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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.
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Much praise is due to the author for giving us such a clear, concise picture of an ever-changing area of scholarship.
— Patrick J. Holt
A gripping narrative approach of the medieval social, economic, religious, and intellectual environments that gave birth to the Crusades and nurtured them for centuries.
Posted September 22, 2010
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.
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Posted November 26, 2012
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 26, 2012
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