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Crusaders: An Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands (edition 2020)

by Dan Jones (Author)

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"For more than one thousand years, Christians and Muslims lived side by side, sometimes at peace and sometimes at war. When Christian armies seized Jerusalem in 1099, they began the most notorious period of conflict between the two religions. Depending on who you ask, the fall of the holy city was either an inspiring legend or the greatest of horrors. In Crusaders, Dan Jones interrogates the many sides of the larger story, charting a deeply human and avowedly pluralist path through the crusading era. Expanding the usual timeframe, Jones looks to the roots of Christian-Muslim relations in the eighth century and tracks the influence of crusading to present day. He widens the geographical focus to far-flung regions home to so-called enemies of the Church, including Spain, North Africa, southern France, and the Baltic states. By telling intimate stories of individual journeys, Jones illuminates these centuries of war not only from the perspective of popes and kings, but from Arab-Sicilian poets, Byzantine princesses, Sunni scholars, Shi'ite viziers, Mamluk slave soldiers, Mongol chieftains, and barefoot friars. Crusading remains a rallying call to this day, but its role in the popular imagination ignores the cooperation and complicated coexistence that were just as much a feature of the period as warfare. The age-old relationships between faith, conquest, wealth, power, and trade meant that crusading was not only about fighting for the glory of God, but also, among other earthly reasons, about gold. In this richly dramatic narrative that gives voice to sources usually pushed to the margins, Dan Jones has written an authoritative survey of the holy wars with global scope and human focus"--… (more)
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Title:Crusaders: An Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands
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Info:Head of Zeus (2020), 512 pages
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A highly readable and discursive discussion about the crusades, both middle eastern and also Baltic and Iberian. Featuring good summarising narratives and concentrated on personalities, this is history with broad swathes of the brush. There’s some focus on Saladin and Richard the lion heart but only in context and their place in this saga of religious warfare is well cited. A good introduction ( )
  aadyer | Apr 17, 2020 |
I like history that is about the people, makes it much easier to care about what happens as something more than an intellectual exercise. This book did a good try at it but by trying to cover centuries of history in a few hundred of pages fails to do this for its entire length.

The part I disliked the most though was the epilogue tying into the usage of crusading in current times. It works but wasn't really a topic I was looking for or very interested in. ( )
  Sosseres | Apr 17, 2020 |
What is there new to say about one of the most frequently written about events in human history? To his credit Dan Jones makes no grandiose claims about a fresh interpretation, but instead approaches the story from the standpoint of some of the key individuals involved: men and women who played a role in the various military campaigns and the Christian kingdoms they spawned. An accomplished writer with a gift for identifying the engaging detail, Jones writes about their lives in an entertaining narrative that makes for a good read. ( )
  MacDad | Mar 27, 2020 |
Dissatisfying albeit wide ranging story of the Crusaders in their wider sense by including the reconquista of Spain and expansion of the Teutonic Knights and others into the pagan Baltic states, as well as the far better known crusades to the Levant. Although successful both in conveying the broad sweep of the crusades and specific events and personages, it felt like too much of a slog. I didn’t feel enjoyment, just a need to carry on and see it to its end. ( )
  CarltonC | Jan 6, 2020 |
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"For more than one thousand years, Christians and Muslims lived side by side, sometimes at peace and sometimes at war. When Christian armies seized Jerusalem in 1099, they began the most notorious period of conflict between the two religions. Depending on who you ask, the fall of the holy city was either an inspiring legend or the greatest of horrors. In Crusaders, Dan Jones interrogates the many sides of the larger story, charting a deeply human and avowedly pluralist path through the crusading era. Expanding the usual timeframe, Jones looks to the roots of Christian-Muslim relations in the eighth century and tracks the influence of crusading to present day. He widens the geographical focus to far-flung regions home to so-called enemies of the Church, including Spain, North Africa, southern France, and the Baltic states. By telling intimate stories of individual journeys, Jones illuminates these centuries of war not only from the perspective of popes and kings, but from Arab-Sicilian poets, Byzantine princesses, Sunni scholars, Shi'ite viziers, Mamluk slave soldiers, Mongol chieftains, and barefoot friars. Crusading remains a rallying call to this day, but its role in the popular imagination ignores the cooperation and complicated coexistence that were just as much a feature of the period as warfare. The age-old relationships between faith, conquest, wealth, power, and trade meant that crusading was not only about fighting for the glory of God, but also, among other earthly reasons, about gold. In this richly dramatic narrative that gives voice to sources usually pushed to the margins, Dan Jones has written an authoritative survey of the holy wars with global scope and human focus"--

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