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The New Concise History of the Crusades

by Thomas F. Madden
     
 

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!"

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Catholic Historical Review
Readers will be pleased that Thomas Madden has hit just the right note in his sweeping but concise account of the crusades. While he follows the development of crusading down to the period of the Protestant Reformation, and offers, in an afterword, speculations about the modern impact of the medieval crusade, he never fails to interest and inform. His prose is lucid. And to give the graphic point, he offers the reader fourteen clearly produced maps depicting the Mediterranean world about A.D. 1000, the routes of the main crusades, and the crusade plan of Maximilian I in 1518. The usefulness of these is reinforced by an index, a glossary, mainly of Islamic terms, a list of translated sources, and a select bibliography.
Criterion
Madden's books are the best.
— John F. Fink
Leader Times
Thomas Madden brings fresh understanding to these blemished, but at heart noble, efforts to defend the core of medieval European culture.
— Rev. William H. Scarle
H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
Praise for the first edition:

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

Missiology: An International Review
Praise for the first edition:

A gripping narrative approach of the medieval social, economic, religious, and intellectual environments that gave birth to the Crusades and nurtured them for centuries.

The Historian
Readers will owe Thomas Madden warm thanks for so clear an introductory account of so complex a phenomenon as a crusade.
Byzantische Zeitschrift
A brilliant text and handbook for students, teachers, and all readers taking interest in the history of the Crusades.
New Oxford Review
It is clear handling of a complex subject that lets the facts speak for themselves. The book, moreover, lives up to its title. It is concise, but not overly simplified. It would serve as a fine text for undergraduate history students.
Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations
Lucid, interesting, and lively. It certainly deserves to be listed in the bibliography for all undergraduate and school courses on the Crusades.
Washington Post Book World
In little more than 200 pages, in crystal-clear and economical prose, Madden does a superb job of exposition. As an introduction to the vast literature of the crusades, this is a jewel of a book. It has all one needs to understand the epic nature of the various mobilizations and invasions, who the important players were and how they operated, and why what was for centuries romanticized as chivalrous has today become odious.
— James Reston Jr.
World History Connected
This enjoyable book is an excellent introduction for anyone interested in the Crusades.
H-Net: Humanities and Social Science Reviews Online
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
Missiology: An International Review
A gripping narrative approach of the medieval social, economic, religious, and intellectual environments that gave birth to the Crusades and nurtured them for centuries.
Catholic Missourian
Madden's small, accessible book is comprehensive, judicious, and fair. It should be required reading for anyone presuming to discuss crusading, crusaders, and the Crusades.
Paul Cobb
I love this book. It is clearly and artfully written, user-friendly, and well-organized, with excellent maps and an up-to-date suggested readings and sources in translation section.
Leader Times - Rev. William H. Scarle
Thomas Madden brings fresh understanding to these blemished, but at heart noble, efforts to defend the core of medieval European culture.
Criterion - John F. Fink
Madden's books are the best.
Kimberly Rivers
Exactly the right amount of information in just enough detail to hold the students' attention without overwhelming them.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760792803
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
06/28/2007
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Thomas F. Madden is professor and chair of the Department of History at Saint Louis University. A widely recognized expert on the Crusades and Christian-Muslim conflict, he has written and spoken widely on the topic in such venues as the New York Times, National Public Radio, and PBS. He is the author of A Concise History of the Crusades, which was a Washington Post Book World Rave selection, Enrico Dandolo and the Rise of Venice and The Fourth Crusade: The Conquest of Constantinople, a History Book Club selection. He is the editor of Crusades: The Illustrated History and The Crusades: The Essential Readings. He resides in St. Louis, Missouri.

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