The Concise History of the Crusades

The Concise History of the Crusades

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What is the relationship between the medieval crusades and the problems of the modern Middle East? Were the crusades the Christian equivalent of Muslim jihad? In this sweeping yet crisp history, Thomas F. Madden offers a brilliant and compelling narrative of the crusades and their contemporary relevance. Placing all of the major crusades within their medieval social, economic, religious, and intellectual environments, Madden explores the uniquely medieval world that led untold thousands to leave their homes, families, and friends to march in Christ's name to distant lands. 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.
Publisher: Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2013]
Edition: Third student edition
ISBN: 9781442215757
1442215755
Branch Call Number: History 909.07 MAD

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ba_library
Feb 15, 2017

Great history of the crusades and it is indeed concise (about 200 pages). The cover says it is the third student edition. Doesn't seem intended for children, but maybe intended for most of us who know little about the crusades. I enjoyed the fact that the author included detail about the Muslims and their strategies and reactions. The author indicates that most modern readers have no real perception of medieval mentality, how fighting holy wars were part of life. By about the 10th crusade, I'm thinking, why did they keep conducting crusades when it was too often political (Western European and papal politics) that cost a lot (money, lives, etc.) without much success. The author also covers later crusades against the Mongols and the Turks. I found his final chapter - the Legacy of the Crusades fascinating, stating the crusades were influences on the European history of colonialism. Overall, excellent coverage of 500 years of history that had significant modern implications.

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wodebaobei38
Jan 24, 2017

An excellent book.

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naturalist
Nov 30, 2015

“Richard The Lionheart Massacres the Saracens, 1191”
http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/lionheart.htm
and . . .
“Siege of Jerusalem (1099)”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Jerusalem_(1099)
and . . .
Christian apology for the Crusades: The Reconciliation Walk”
Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
http://www.religioustolerance.org/chr_cru1.htm

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naturalist
Oct 15, 2015

further reading: . . . .
“Historical killings for Christianity – The Crusades”
from: . . . http://markhumphrys.com/christianity.killings.html#crusades
and . . .
“Violence in the Crusades” . . . by Austin Cline . . .
from: . . . http://atheism.about.com/od/crusades/a/crusades_4.htm
and . . .
“VICTIMS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH: Crusades ( 1095-1291)” . . by Kelsos . .
from: . . . http://www.truthbeknown.com/victims.htm
and . . .
“Crimes of Christianity Chapter IX The Crusades”
from: . . . http://www.ftarchives.net/foote/crimes/c9.htm . . .

ecrl Oct 14, 2015

As the title implies, this is, indeed, a concise book. The author, Dr. Thomas Madden, is an historian. He is Professor of History who specializes in ancient and medieval history, and is the Director of Saint Louis University's Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. He wrote the "Crusades" entry for the Encyclopaedia Britannica, is the recipient of many awards, and this book has been translated into 7 foreign languages. Nuff said! (Suggested reading: "God's Battalions: The Case for the Crusades," Rodney Stark.)

LRS1969 Aug 26, 2015

Wow, concise is right.

Hard to buy into author's arguments.

Too much subjectivity... not objective; poorly referenced (as far as even remotely authentic references - on occasion references disputed author's point).

Seemed agenda-driven.

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