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God's war : a new history of the Crusades

Author: Christopher Tyerman
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : English
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[This book] offers a 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 [the author of this book] seeks to recreate, from the ground up, the centuries of violence committed  Read more...
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Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Tyerman
OCLC Number: 132918084
Notes: Originally published: Cambridge, MA : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, ©2006.
Description: 1 audio disc : digital mono ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Europe and the Mediterranean --
First Crusade: Origins of Christian holy war; Summons to Jerusalem; March to Constantinople; Road to the Holy Sepulchre --
Frankish Outremer: Foundation of Christian Outremer; Latin states; East is east and east is west, Outremer in the twelfth century --
Second Crusade: New path to salvation? Western Christendom and Holy War, 1100-1145; God's bargain, summoning the Second Crusade; 'Spirit of the pilgrim God, ' fighting the Second Crusade --
Third Crusade: 'Great cause for mourning, ' the revival of crusading and the Third Crusade; Call of the Cross; To the siege of Acre; Palestine War, 1191-2 --
Fourth Crusade: 'Ehud's sharpened sword'; Fourth Crusade, preparations; Fourth Crusade, diversion --
Expansion of crusading: Albigensian Crusades, 1209-29; Fifth Crusade, 1213-21; Frontier crusades 1, conquest in Spain; Frontier crusades 2, the Baltic and the North --
Defence of Outremer: Survival and decline, the Frankish Holy Land in the thirteenth century; Defence of the Holy Land, 1221-44; Louis IX and the fall of mainland Outremer, 1244-91 --
Later crusades: Eastern crusades in the later Middle Ages; Crusade and Christian society in the later Middle Ages --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Christopher Tyerman.

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[This book] offers a 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 [the author of this book] seeks to recreate, from the ground up, the centuries of violence committed as an act of religious devotion. The result is a ... reinterpretation of the Crusades, revealed as both bloody political acts and a manifestation of a growing Christian communal identity. [In the book, he] 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. [He] examine[s] 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 ... 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.-Dust jacket.

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