The Crusades (Greenwood Guides to Historic Events of the Medieval World)

The Crusades (Greenwood Guides to Historic Events of the Medieval World)[BOOKS] ✯ The Crusades (Greenwood Guides to Historic Events of the Medieval World) ✴ Helen J. Nicholson – Oaklandjobs.co.uk The Crusades of the Middle Ages were fought by Latin Christians against peoples who they believed were threatening the existence of their Christian faith Some of these campaigns were against Muslims s The Crusades of the Middle Ages were fought by Latin Christians against peoples who they believed were threatening the existence of their Christian faith Some of these campaigns were against Muslims some were against other Christians and some were against pagans Topically oriented chapters backed up by biographies primary documents maps and illustrations make this an ideal introductory reference resource to this pivotal period in European medieval historyThe Crusades were distinctive because they were an invention of Latin Christians they had their own symbols and traditions and they were not one war but many fought over several centuries Thematic chapters provide an overview of the Crusades why scholars believe they were fought why they appealed to a very broad cross section of Europe's population and what motivated crusaders to dedicate years of their lives to the martial cause of Christendom Among other interesting facts readers will learn that to the Muslim states the Christian Crusades were of a distraction as the Mongols from the East and schisms within occupied the bulk of their efforts and that when it was convenient and advantageous which was often Christians and Muslims would ally with one another or serve as mercenaries in each other's armiesCovering the classic crusades to the Holy Lands and the taking and defending of Jerusalem Nicholson also gives eual treatment to the just as important Reuonuista of the Iberian peninsula the subjugation and conversion of pagans in North Western Europe the Crusades against the Ottoman Turks in the Balkans and the internal Crusades against the heretical Albigensians and Hussites An annotated timeline provides readers with an easy to follow overview of the several centuries' worth of Crusading and a half dozen maps provide rapid and easy to read geographical and political information on the most important campaigns Seventeen biographical sketches of key Christian Muslim Balkan Spanish and pagan figures and a dozen annotated primary documents breathe fresh life into the topic providing students and readers with a new look at the period A glossary is provided as is an annotated bibliography and index. This is a bare bones account of various crusades between the 11th and 15th centuries The book is a timeline in sentence form that discusses religiously motivated military campaigns in the Middle East the Baltic and Spain There was simply too much information in too few pages and text is void of analysis after a promising introduction At the very least this book demonstrates that the crusades weren't restricted to a single region or waged against a single ethnicity and religion Not as much information as I would have liked to see covered I was doing lump reading on the Ottoman Empire so this was part of a grouped reading for me

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  • Hardcover
  • 248 pages
  • The Crusades (Greenwood Guides to Historic Events of the Medieval World)
  • Helen J. Nicholson
  • English
  • 02 May 2016
  • 9780313326851