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The concise history of the crusades

Author: Thomas F Madden
Publisher: Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield Publishes, Inc., [2013]
Series: Critical issues in world and international history.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : Third Student EditionView all editions and formats
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Overview: 'God wills it!' With that cry of medieval knights a new era in European history began. Across Europe a wave of pious enthusiasm led many thousands to leave their homes, family, and friends to march to a distant land 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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas F Madden
ISBN: 9781442215740 1442215747 9781442215757 1442215755
OCLC Number: 829446145
Description: x, 243 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
Contents: The call --
The first crusade --
The rise of the Latin kingdom of Jerusalem and the second crusade --
The decline of the Latin kingdom of Jerusalem and the third crusade --
The fourth crusade --
Crusading at home --
The fifth crusade and the crusade of Frederick II --
The crusades of St. Louis --
The later crusades --
The legacy of the crusades.
Series Title: Critical issues in world and international history.
Responsibility: Thomas F. Madden.

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Overview: 'God wills it!' With that cry of medieval knights a new era in European history began. Across Europe a wave of pious enthusiasm led many thousands to leave their homes, family, and friends to march to a distant land 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. This book places the crusades within the medieval social, economic, religious, and intellectual environments that gave birth to the movement and nurtured it for centuries. The events of the crusades to Palestine and Europe's periphery are narrated in a clear, concise, and compelling manner. Special attention is also given to the crusades' effects on the Islamic world and the Christian Byzantine East. Also included is a historiographical overview of the subject as well as an up-to-date select biography.

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