Historical Atlas of the Crusades
In November 1095, Pope Urban II called on Christian rulers and European knights to drive the Muslims from the Holy Land and reclaim Jerusalem for Christendom. The resulting wars lasted for more than three centuries, and their effects are still felt today, as conflicts between Christians and Muslims continue to flare throughout the world. Historical Atlas of the Crusades chronicles this turning point in European history.
Containing evidence from the latest discoveries and research, this book examines the causes, developments, and people who fought for their faith and themselves. Among the topics covered are the first encounters between the Frankish states of Western Europe and the more advanced cultures of the Moslem world, the personal ambition and financial reward that often overcame religious fervor, and the eventual bitter power struggle that resulted. Highly readable historical accounts are accompanied by dozens of specially commissioned maps and more than 160 superb illustrations-many of which have never been published-to provide a rich tapestry of this medieval era.
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