God's War: A New History of the Crusades
God's War offers a sweeping new vision of one of history's most astounding events: the Crusades.
From 1096 to 1500, European Christians fought to recreate the Middle East, Muslim Spain, and the pagan Baltic in the image of their God. The Crusades are perhaps both the most familiar and most misunderstood phenomena of the medieval world, and here Christopher Tyerman seeks to recreate, from the ground up, the centuries of violence committed as an act of religious devotion.
The result is a stunning reinterpretation of the Crusades, revealed as both bloody political acts and a manifestation of a growing Christian communal identity. Tyerman uncovers a system of belief bound by aggression, paranoia, and wishful thinking, and a culture founded on war as an expression of worship, social discipline, and Christian charity.
This astonishing historical narrative is imbued with figures that have become legends--Saladin, Richard the Lionheart, Philip Augustus. But Tyerman also delves beyond these leaders to examine the thousands and thousands of Christian men--from Knights Templars to mercenaries to peasants--who, in the name of their Savior, abandoned their homes to conquer distant and alien lands, as well as the countless people who defended their soil and eventually turned these invaders back. With bold analysis, Tyerman explicates the contradictory mix of genuine piety, military ferocity, and plain greed that motivated generations of Crusaders. He also offers unique insight into the maturation of a militant Christianity that defined Europe's identity and that has forever influenced the cyclical antagonisms between the Christian and Muslim worlds.
Drawing on all of the most recent scholarship, and told with great verve and authority, God's War is the definitive account of a fascinating and horrifying story that continues to haunt our contemporary world.
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Tyerman (medieval history, Univ. of Oxford;England and the Crusades andFighting for Christendom: Holy War and the Crusades ) conveys in his title the importance that he places on the religious ... Read full review
I only used a few chapters, but I still found it useful.
The Origins of Christian Holy War
The Summons to Jerusalem
The March to Constantinople
The Road to the Holy Sepulchre
The Foundation of Christian Outremer
The Latin States
East is East and East is West Outremer in the Twelfth Century
The Fourth Crusade Diversion
The Expansion of Crusading
The Albigensian Crusades 120929
The Fifth Crusade 121321
Frontier Crusades 1 Conquest in Spain
Frontier Crusades 2 the Baltic and the North
The Defence of Outremer
Survival and Decline the Frankish Holy Land in the Thirteenth Century
The Second Crusade
A New Path to Salvation? Western Christendom and Holy War 11001145
Gods Bargain Summoning the Second Crusade
The Spirit of the Pilgrim God Fighting the Second Crusade
The Third Crusade
A Great Cause for Mourning The Revival of Crusading and the Third Crusade
The Call of the Cross
To the Siege of Acre
The Palestine War 11912
The Fourth Crusade
Ehuds Sharpened Sword
The Fourth Crusade Preparations
The Defence of the Holy Land 122144
Louis IX and the Fall of Mainland Outremer 124491
The Later Crusades
The Eastern Crusades in the Later Middle Ages
The Crusade and Christian Society in the Later Middle Ages
Select List of Rulers