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The Children's Crusade

The Children's Crusade

by Bradley Steffens

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-- Offering background on earlier religious journeys and medieval beliefs, this slim volume sets the Children's Crusade in context and gives insight into the culture that produced it. The clearly written text is somewhat lacking in verve, but will serve students writing reports, and the index allows reasonable access for those who want to skip the historical background. A final section that jumps from the Seventh Crusade in 1248 to the Israeli Six-Day War in 1967 with incredible rapidity and little transitional material is disconcerting, as are the last two pages, which deal with the Gulf War of 1991. Although it does show that religious troubles still form a major part of Middle Eastern politics, its relevance to the Children's Crusade is tangential at best. Black-and-white period reproductions and line drawings extend the work, but their placement is not precise; at times the illustrations come several pages after the related text. Nonetheless, this is a solid introduction to a period that, although mentioned in more general works such as Carole Corbin's Knights (Watts, 1989) or Catherine Oakes's The Middle Ages (HBJ, 1989), is relatively sparsely treated for this audience. --Ann Welton, Thomas Academy, Kent, WA

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Greenhaven Publishing
Publication date:
World Disasters Series
Product dimensions:
9.06(w) x 7.09(h) x (d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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