The New Concise History of the Crusades

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2005 - History - 257 pages
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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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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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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

Contents

The Call
1
The First Crusade
15
The Rise of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem and the Second Crusade
37
The Decline of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem and the Third Crusade
63
The Fourth Crusade
97
Crusading at Home
121
The Fifth Crusade and the Crusade of Frederick II
143
The Crusades of St Louis
167
The Legacy of the Crusades
213
Conclusion
223
Glossary
227
Select Bibliography
231
Sources in Translation
239
Index
243
About the Author
257
Copyright

The Later Crusades
187

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About the author (2005)

Thomas F. Madden is professor in the Department of History and director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University. He is the recipient of the Medieval Institute's Otto Gründler Prize and the Medieval Academy of America's Haskins Medal. 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.