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The Fourth Crusade and the Sack of Constantinople by Jonathan Phillips
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For anyone interested in medieval history or the Crusades, this is a fascinating account of the Fourth Crusade, which is renowned for failing to retake Jerusaleum (its stated mission) and instead attacked and sacked the city of Constantinople (another Christian city at the time). Particularly relevant in the light of the the past few years--a big theme of the book is how the noblemen justified an attack on an innocent city and tried to sell the war to unsuspecting believers who were in the fight for the right reason. In general, they succeeded but put a huge stain on Christendom for centuries.

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