A Concise History of the Crusades

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Rowman & Littlefield, Jan 1, 1999 - History - 249 pages
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The crusades were a quintessentially medieval phenomenon, which both defined and reflected the unique social forces that characterized Europe in the Middle Ages. In this fascinating book, Thomas F. Madden places the crusades within the medieval social, economic, religious, and intellectual environments that gave birth to the movement and nurtured it for centuries. He also examines the impact of the Crusades on the Islamic societies which were their primary target, as well as discussing their implications for the Christian Byzantine East. This book will provide students with an up-to-date and accessible introduction to both the Crusades and medieval history.

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User Review  - sergerca - LibraryThing

A nice introduction. Amazing to cover 500 years of history in 215 pages, but you get the big picture at least. Not enough attention paid to what the Muslims were doing (they seem almost like side characters), but it is called "The CONCISE History..." Read full review

User Review  - Overstock.com

Good book. Very informative and educational. Doesnt focus too much on any one crusade but gives a great overview of a culture and time of a different era. I would reccommend it anyone interested in the subject. Read full review


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About the author (1999)

Thomas F. Madden is associate professor of history at Saint Louis University and the co-author of The Fourth Crusade: The Conquest of Constantinople.

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