The Concise History of the Crusades

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Rowman & Littlefield, Mar 16, 2014 - History - 264 pages
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 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.
 

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This book was not terribly analytical, but it does what it's supposed to: gives a broad narrative overview of the Crusades, to be used as a textbook. It was quite depressing to see how stupid we ... Read full review

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Very well done. This was a gripping read and one that I could hardly put down. The author also supplies some interesting commentary on popular attitudes toward the crusades. A fascinating book. Read full review

Contents

Chapter 1 The Call
1
Chapter 2 The First Crusade
15
Chapter 3 The Rise of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem and the Second Crusade
35
Chapter 4 The Decline of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem and the Third Crusade
61
Chapter 5 The Fourth Crusade
93
Photospread
114
Chapter 6 Crusading at Home
115
Chapter 7 The Fifth Crusade and the Crusade of Frederick II
135
Chapter 9 The Later Crusades
173
Chapter 10 The Legacy of the Crusades
197
Conclusion
207
Glossary
211
Select Bibliography
215
Sources in Translation
223
Index
229
About the Author
243

Chapter 8 The Crusades of St Louis
155

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About the author (2014)

Thomas F. Madden is professor of history and director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University. He is a widely recognized expert on the Crusades and Christian-Muslim relations and the author of numerous books, including The Fourth Crusade: The Conquest of Constantinople, Enrico Dandolo and the Rise of Venice, and Venice: A New History. Awards for his scholarship include the Haskins Medal (Medieval Academy of America) and the Otto Gründler Prize (Medieval Institute). He resides in St. Louis, Missouri.

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