The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Crusades

The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Crusades


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The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Crusades by Paul Williams

You’re no idiot, of course. You know the Crusades were a war between Christians and Muslims for control of the Holy Land. However, these bloody conflicts raged over centuries, under changing circumstances, making the whole story difficult to follow.

You don’t have to don armor and cross deserts to relive the Crusades! The Complete Idiot’s to the Crusades shows you why these wars began, why they continued for so long, and how their impact on the world still resonates. This Complete Idiot’s gives you:

            —An introduction to the Dark Ages and the Renaissance, and why Pope Urban II would grant absolution to anyone who reclaimed the Holy Land for Christianity.

            —The origins of such Holy Orders as the Knights Templar, the Hospitallers, and the Teutonic Knights—and the roles they played during the Crusades.

            —The creation of such items as chastity belts, razors, stained glass, perfume, the crossbow, the compass, and public latrines.

            —The nobles—Richard the Lion Heart, Louis IX, and Frederick II—and the Muslim leaders—Saladin, Zengi, and Nur ed-Din—who held the lives of thousands in their hands.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780028642437
Publisher: Alpha Books
Publication date: 10/28/2001
Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 7.38(w) x 9.08(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Paul Williams is an Oscar, Grammy, and Golden Globe winning Hall of Fame songwriter ("Rainbow Connection," "Evergreen," and "We've Only Just Begun") and President of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). He is a major public force in the recovery movement, a graduate of UCLA's Drug and Alcohol Counseling Certification Program and has served as a member of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Board of Directors. He was a founding board member and counselor for the Musicians Assistance Program (MAP), now the treatment wing of MusiCares.

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Complete Idiot's Guide to the Crusades 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
MWSchwartz More than 1 year ago
Definitely written for the idiot, in contrast to some of the other historicals in the series. Note to historians, experts, etc. writing a summary under these titles: those who read these are not, in fact, morons, as the title implies, but responsible and conscientious individuals attempting to expand their knowledge in an abbreviated manner. On a positive note, however, it did greatly pique my interest in the events and since I have taken up reading The Crusades by Thomas Asbridge, a far better narrative on the subject, even for the casual learner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The tile is more than appropriate. It is idiot's version of the crusades written by an apparent idiot. The author seems to be an utterly clueless amateur about military matters, medieval combat or arms & armor, and the history of feudal warfare in the Middle East. He seems to have relied on the worst sources as references while writing in a condescending manner about his topic as if trying to guarantee the reader will come to disdain the subject of history. Just reading the author's credentials reveals something of the bias he shows toward his subject as well as his clear lack of academic authority for writing such a work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow! This book grabs you by the scruff of the neck and takes you on the four great Christian crusades to reconquer the Holy Land. It provides not only an easy to read guide through this epoch but also an excellent introduction to the Middle Ages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago