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Looking into the past, the Crusades seem incomprehensible. What combination of religious fervor, hatred of people of different faiths, and gall led Europeans of AD 1100 to make their way thousands of miles to conquer the Holy Land? Why did they continue for 200 years? How did the Crusades change the world?

The intriguing story is peppered with colorful characters. Over the centuries, this well-researched and written book argues, crusaders saw - and participated in - the evolution of warfare and the transformation of society from feudal fiefdoms to nations and empires. The story of the Crusades is a reminder, too, of the horrors wrought in the name of religion. The Crusades are seen by many Christians today as an exercise in fanaticism, an episode in which the teachings of Christ were used to justify the horrors perpetrated on innocents. That judgment is accurate, but not the whole story.

©2015 Abigail Archer (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Ky
  • 06-01-2021

Good but hits pitfalls

This is a good book for an overall look at the Crusades. However, it sadly veers into the neo-western cliches that many books on this subject fall into. Western view used to demonize the Muslim world and sweep Christian atrocity under the carpet, neo-western does the opposite. The narrator almost chastises Christian forces while nearly praises cruel rulers like Baibars. She does mention that the Holy Land was a Christian population occupied by Muslim overlords at the First Crusade nor the infighting between Muslim factions. Basically, instead of being even, it praises Muslims and scolds Euro Christians. A good history on the Crusades simply recounts what happened without editorializing. There were atrocities, betrayal of creeds and civilian victims on both sides. Saladin hired Christians to help overthrough the Caliph and there were also times of Christian/Muslim harmony. It seems facts like these were omitted in an attempt to make Muslim society look civilized and Euro Christians look barbaric. This, sadly, is more modern spin than history...

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-04-2021

Interesting.

Very interesting. A great book to get the back ones of the crusades.

The narrator did a great job too!

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  • Jean-Marc Pierre
  • 01-02-2021

Bias!!!

OMG...The first sentences begin by daming Europeans 1000 years ago. Find a real historical book

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