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A Brief History of The Crusades : Islam and Christianity in the Struggle for World Supremacy - Geoffrey Hindley

A Brief History of The Crusades

Islam and Christianity in the Struggle for World Supremacy

Paperback Published: 1st May 2004
ISBN: 9781841197661
Number Of Pages: 300

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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?p. 1
Beginnings 632-1095p. 9
The First Crusade 1095-1099p. 25
Life and Politics in a Multicultural Worldp. 51
The Second Crusade: Disaster on the Road to Damascusp. 71
Turk and Kurd: Heroes of Islamp. 87
Women and an Alternative Feudalismp. 107
Loss of Jerusalem and the Third Crusade 1187-1192p. 121
The Fourth Crusade: The Latin Conquest of Constantinople and the Scandal of Christendomp. 143
Heathen, Heretics and Childrenp. 159
Triumphs of an Excommunicated Emperorp. 177
The Failures of a Saintp. 195
Acre and Afterp. 209
Chivalry in Action and Nicopolis 'The Last Crusade'p. 225
The Lingering Decline of a Flawed Idealp. 237
Epilogue: The Aftermathp. 255
The Popes, from Gregory VII to Sixtus Vp. 261
Rulers of the Kingdom of Jerusalemp. 267
Ayyubid Dynasty - Rulers of Egyptp. 270
Byzantine Emperors at the Time of the First Crusadesp. 272
Ottoman Princes and Sultans 1300-1566p. 274
Western Emperors 1056-1555p. 276
Notesp. 281
Select Bibliographyp. 288
Indexp. 292

ISBN: 9781841197661
ISBN-10: 1841197661
Series: Brief History of Series
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 1st May 2004
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.0  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 1