Crusades: The Illustrated History
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Crusades: The Illustrated History

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An important, richly illustrated account of the struggle between Christianity and Islam in the Near East, and an essential guide to understanding many modern-day conflicts, from the Balkans and Lebanon to Palestine and the War on Terror

". . . the ideal volume for anyone with a desire to know more about the struggle between Christianity and Islam in the Near East. . . . Bea...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by University of Michigan Press (first published 2004)
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Seems to be a generalist approach.

Excellent writing. Short, concise, yet informative, and of course it does not fail to mention historiographical problems of the study of crusades.
While not a detailed history of the crusades, I quite enjoyed this overall view covering from the first through the 6th (and later) crusades. The 'later' items were considered crusades from the point of view of being against splinter or offshoot christian groups as the reformation began in earnest. I hadn't considered that and still consider those types of conflict to be more 'within' the christian church rather than 'between' Christianity and Islam which is for me the classic definition of 'the...more
Apr 17, 2013 Jareed rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want a light and easy read on history, visually demanding people
Religion is the power that wields the sword that is faith.

The Crusades are seemingly anomalous in nature which however, save for the rai·son d'être that is still under great contention, was like any other war waged in the history of men: devoid of mercy, riddled with corruption and which ended in mutual defeat and further enmity if not in destruction. There is inherent difficulty in reconciling the Christian doctrine that emphasizes the value of life beyond any measure to those of taking it und...more
This is an amazingly compact history of 500 years of medieval history. In some ways, it was too compact, with really small type. Otherwise, very fascinating read worth your time if you are a student of the era. Also, a very important topic to understand the historical references that drive some of the Islamic animus towards the Western world even today.
I always like to have a "light" history or art book going. This book finally gave me a sense of the Crusades as a whole. Lovely illustrations.
Indah Threez Lestari
I rather like Larry Gonnick's Crusades history, which is more interesting and humorous in the telling.
Good broad overview with a varied perspective and visually beautiful.
Robert Allen
Really good illustrated History of the Crusades.
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Thomas F. Madden (born 1960) is an American historian, the Chair of the History Department at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri, and Director of Saint Louis University's Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

He is considered one of the foremost historians of the Crusades in the United States. He has frequently appeared in the media, as a consultant for various programs on the His...more
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