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Why did the medieval Church bless William of Normandy's invasion of Christian England in 1066 and authorise cultural genocide in Provence? How could a Christian army sack Christian Constantinople in 1204? Why did thousands of ordinary men and women, led by knights and ladies, kings and queens, embark on campaigns of fanatical conquest in the world of Islam?
The word 'Crusade' came later, but the concept of a 'war for the faith' is an ancient one. Geoffrey Hindley instructively unravels the story of the Christian military expeditions that have perturbed European history, troubled Christian consciences and embittered Muslim attitudes towards the West.
He offers a lively record of the Crusades, from the Middle East to the pagan Baltic, and fascinating portraits of the major personalities, from Godfrey of Bouillon, the first Latin ruler of Jerusalem, to Etienne, the visionary French peasant boy who inspired the tragic Children's Crusade.
Addressing questions rarely considered, Hindley sheds new light on pressing issues surrounding religious division and shows how the Crusades have helped to shape the modern world and relations between Christian and Muslim countries to this day.
About the Author
Geoffrey Hindley lectures internationally on medieval history. His many books include The Shaping of Europe, Saladin : A Biography, The Book of Magna Carta and A Brief History of the Crusades. He also co-founder of the Society for the History of Medieval Technology and Science. He lives in France.
List of Illustrations
Chronology of Jihad and Crusade
Introduction: What's in a Name?
The First Crusade 1095-1099
Life and Politics in a Multicultural World
The Second Crusade: Disaster on the Road to Damascus
Turk and Kurd: Heroes of Islam
Women and an Alternative Feudalism
Loss of Jerusalem and the Third Crusade 1187-1192
The Fourth Crusade: The Latin Conquest of Constantinople and the Scandal of Christendom
Heathen, Heretics and Children
Triumphs of an Excommunicated Emperor
The Failures of a Saint
Acre and After
Chivalry in Action and Nicopolis 'The Last Crusade'
The Lingering Decline of a Flawed Ideal
Epilogue: The Aftermath
The Popes, from Gregory VII to Sixtus V
Rulers of the Kingdom of Jerusalem
Ayyubid Dynasty - Rulers of Egypt
Byzantine Emperors at the Time of the First Crusades
Ottoman Princes and Sultans 1300-1566
Western Emperors 1056-1555
ISBN: 9781841197661 ISBN-10: 1841197661 Series: Brief History of Series Audience:
Number Of Pages: 300 Published: 1st May 2004 Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.0
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 1