The New Concise History of the Crusades
Rowman & Littlefield, 2005 - Всего страниц: 257
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."
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LibraryThing ReviewПользовательский отзыв - JDHomrighausen - LibraryThing
This book was not terribly analytical, but it does what it's supposed to: gives a broad narrative overview of the Crusades, to be used as a textbook. It was quite depressing to see how stupid we ... Читать весь отзыв
LibraryThing ReviewПользовательский отзыв - stephendr - LibraryThing
Very well done. This was a gripping read and one that I could hardly put down. The author also supplies some interesting commentary on popular attitudes toward the crusades. A fascinating book. Читать весь отзыв