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The Crusades: History and Myths Revealed

3.26  ·  Rating Details  ·  57 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
For almost two hundred years, from 1095, the Crusades raged on and off dramatically ending with the fall of Acre in 1291, leaving us with some of the most striking images of the Middle Ages. This was the period that saw the birth and dominance of the Knights Templar, The Hospitallers and the Teutonic Knights and also gave rise to such legendary figures as Saladin and Richa ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published July 20th 2009 by Fall River Press (first published July 1st 2001)
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Dec 04, 2013 GoldGato rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, spring
This is a basic overview of the entire Crusades era, from Pope Urban II's call to action in 1095 to the fall of Acre in 1291. It's presented chronologically and is short, sweet, and to the point. There are more in-depth explanations of this chaotic period in other books (such as Zoe Oldenbourg's The Crusades), but if you want a simple timeline and an introduction to the main players of Christianity and Islam, this is perfect.

Book History = Spring (stir the crowds)
Jeff Gassler
Apr 15, 2014 Jeff Gassler rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The version of Paine's work that I read was an illustrated "The Crusades History and Myth Revealed." Mr. Paine takes great pains to vilify The Christians and to celebrate the Saracen. His entire thesis is based on old scholarship by Steven Runcimen and other historians who hold beliefs that now are discounted and disproved by the professional historians such as: Jonathan Riley-Smith, Christopher Tyerman, Thomas Asbridge, and Regina Parnoud. I do not recommend any books by Michael Paine because h ...more
Mar 19, 2015 Michel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
A thumbnail. For people who want to know a few salient facts about the crusades, but are afraid to ask. Barely better than Wikipedia though.
This is a relatively short book, which is nice. Once you get past the introduction (and putting aside the conclusion), which struck me as the kind of nonsense that suggests the whole book is going to look back at these tough times (for all concerned) through the lens of todays issues and politics, it actually does a pretty good job providing a very concise summary of what happened. Not enough maps, but does a better job than most explaining the role and connections of family in the region during ...more
Palmaryne Kiernan
I found this book to be very informal about the written records of the Crusades as well as other relative and nonrelative events that occurred during that time. Although the book was informational and has helped broaden my field of understanding, reading it for entertainment purposes was extremely difficult. There were some interesting topics in the book- most of which were related to the first and third Crusades- and has helped me understand more about them. However as an overall statement, the ...more
Mar 28, 2012 Dave rated it liked it
I've always been fascinated by the the Crusades. I don't know if it is because of my early interest in the Templars and the other orders of military monks, but I've read quite a bit about it. This book was pretty good. It was slow reading because it was mostly dates, names, and places. Commentary was kept to a minimum. It would have been a much more interesting read if Paine had given us more short stories about some of the more illustrative characters or some of the bigger names. There was just ...more
Andrew Lord
At first, the lack of detail was off-putting. After awhile, though, I realized that the point of this book is to merely give an extremely brief overview of the Crusades. Since that was the clear goal, upon reading it my response is "mission accomplished." A great introduction to the topic, for sure.
Jun 27, 2011 M rated it liked it
I found this book in the bargain section at a bookstore and bought it on a whim. It's a beautifully illustrated book - there are lots of paintings and sketches that illustrate the subject matter, in addition to photos of the areas as they are today. Definitely worth it for that. Substantively, it left me with the same feeling I get watching specials on the History Channel: that was fun and a good overview. It didn't set out to be any more or less than that.

I was able to read it quickly because I
Kathy  Petersen
Seven Crusades and some 200 years in 130 pages? That means a densely packed little volume with hardly any room for anything but the facts...which is why I read the book. It's a very good introduction to this fascinating and deplorable series of events and certainly worth being saved as an easy reference.
A very short and easy introduction to the study of the Crusades. But it has to be stressed that this can only serve as an introduction - the number of pages alone should show that I'm right on this.
Feb 21, 2009 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this a good history of the Crusades. Talk about a history of madness. Well-written and well-paced, I enjoyed reading this history. he's not an apologist which is a real relief.
Pretty good for fast history lesson on the players and places of the crusades for the Byzantine Empire and Holy Lands 1096-1204 AD.
Fairly enlightening for a "Pocket" guide.
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