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Battle for Christendom

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At the dawn of the 15th century, Islam invaded Europe from the East and it seemed that Christendom itself was under threat. Eminent historian Welsh delves into this important incident and shows that it is in fact one of the central moments in European history.
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 4th 2008 by The Overlook Press (first published July 1st 2008)
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Oct 02, 2015 Old-Barbarossa rated it liked it
1st half of the 1400s saw an emperor try and sort the 3 pope problem that was breaking christendom...then after bumping off Huss creating another problem that planted the seeds for the reformation that ended up actually breaking christendom.
Interesting read.
Shows Hungary as a major player at the time.
Early use of tanks in the wars in Bohemia which I found surprising...and all the usual civil war/religious war carnage with no quarter and atrocities.
The trigger for reading this was The Swerve: How
Mar 13, 2013 Bess rated it really liked it
It is my belief that the primary reason this book received such low ratings is because it is a hard book to read. There is so much information contained in each chapter that you have to read, digest the information and then read again. If you prefer to read popular fiction that doesn't teach you anything then this is not the book for you. If however you wish to read a book that teaches you something about the world and causes you to reflect on what you have just read, then this is a fabulous ...more
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Feb 11, 2013 Bill Crawford rated it it was ok
I took a while to finish this. It's dense with detail, reflecting the crazy hodgepodge in allegiance and belief about a century before Martin Luther. Keeping track of all the kings, princes, popes., antipopes et al. was rough, but necessary as a background to the Council of Constance. I'm glad I read it, but I hesitate to recommend it because I don't think that many people would be as dogged as I was. Woof!
Historian Frank Welsh's new book offers a remarkable retelling of European history at the dawn of the fifteenth century in The Battle of Christendom, now available in bookstores everywhere. Early reviews have been very strong:

“A well-intended overview of one of Europe's most turbulent eras, defined by religious schism and the advent of an Islamic enemy. Historian Welsh faces an immediate challenge in attempting to distill a century and a half of late-medieval events into his short study. Welsh d
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