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Crusades presents an in-depth and strikingly illustrated look at the overly zealous European quest to reconquer the Holy Land and the conflict that developed between Christians and Muslims that continues to this day.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published February 1st 1995 by Facts on File (first published 1994)
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Great fun and an excellent introduction to the history of the Crusades. From the historian of Monty Python, (how can you go wrong there)?! comes a fabulous first galne at crusade history that anyone can read. I immediately immersed myself into more concentrated works on the crusades after this book.
Roaringly good history, very balanced (on the whole, if anything, the Muslim forces come across as more disciplined than the Christian, although there is plenty of infighting and fractioned stupidity there too). Gives you a sense of how bizarre the crusades were--random groups of poor folk led by crazy preachers, political leaders, deals with sultanate conspiracies, cannibalism, plagues, the Kingdom of Jerusalem, Frederick Barbarossa drowning on his way to a crusade and getting pickled as a figu...more
Another book to accompany a TV series. More serious than Medieval Lives.
Rick Davis
Given the author, Monty Python's Terry Jones, and the purpose of this book, to accompany an A&E miniseries, I wasn't expecting a lot from this book other than a rollicking fun read. It was a fun read, but I was also surprised by how closely the narrative was tied to primary sources. This is a good, solid introduction to the Crusades, written with an eye to telling a good story. The only negative thing about the books was its persistent cynicism, but that's only to be expected.
Savage, evil bastards! Men, Women n Children of any faith were up for slaughter if they were in the way(or even if they weren't). In the name of their lord, they sort ta make a new kingdom, but spent so much time fighting each other they ended up making a region that was fairly peaceful and respectful of all three doctrines, before they arrived, into an almost identical place as where they came from. So much for heaven on earth, ha! Well written, well researched and well funny.
Bibi shakoor
A well written book on the Crusades, documenting the history of religious conflict between Christianity and Islam. The author highlights the origins of the Crusade, the actual battles for the Holy Land as well as the slaughter, and plunder, and once the mission was achieved by the West, the obstacles and problems encountered in keeping Jerusalem.
Another Terry Jones and Alan Ereira success, I read it in less than a day. Wonderful insights from the non-christian point of view, refreshing reading and once again some well-placed puns on our modern "european" history.
Good primer for Crusades Hx. Relaxed writing but broadly paints most of the big events. Easy read, amusing and informative. A taster before jumping into Runciman's work.
Charles Murray-Todd
Companion book to the A&E/History Channel series. Fun, and a great read. Makes the history easy to understand!!
Excellent summary written in style understandable to a person not very well read in Medieval history.
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Terence Graham Parry Jones is a Welsh comedian, screenwriter and actor, film director, children's author, popular historian, political commentator and TV documentary host. He is best known as a member of the Monty Python comedy team.
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