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The First Crusade: A New History (edition 2005)

by Thomas Asbridge

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Title:The First Crusade: A New History
Authors:Thomas Asbridge
Info:Free Press (2005), Edition: New edition, Paperback, 432 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****1/2
Tags:history, medieval, read 2009, non-fiction

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The First Crusade: A New History: The Roots of Conflict between Christianity and Islam by Thomas Asbridge

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Mr. Asbridge is my favorite history writer next to Susan Bauer. Easy to read and gives you plenty of references to expand upon what you are reading. In the process brings across the depth needed to understand who these people were and just how far their faith brought them despite the dire consequences. ( )
  Joe73 | May 4, 2017 |
Interesting. So old Pope Urban figured he would consolidate his power by preaching a crusade against the Muslims in order to solidify his position as Pope (which was on shakey grounds). He manufactures non-existent crimes by Muslims to enrage the gullible population of France. For example, saying "Muslims butchered Christians and pored their blood into baptismal fonts." Also, claiming Muslims were "cutting Christains heels open" and "ripping Christian stomachs open." By making Muslims to be non-humans, this later justified the slaughter of everone when the Crusaders took Jerusalem.

The poor Crusaders in order to obtain momey for the trip had to mortgage their lands to monasteries.

Pope Urban had to preach directly against Jesus's teaching of non-violence in the Gospels. The author explains how Pope Urban expanded on St. Augustine's theory of a just war to sanctify the violence of the Crusades. He cleverly repackaged the concept of sanctified violence in a holy war/pilgrimage.

Of course, the Pope did not say going on the Crusade would guarantee the Crusader a place in heavon but many of the participants believed just that. They did believe this would lead to salvation.

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  jerry-book | Jan 26, 2016 |
A detailed account of the first crusade. Sanctioned by the Pope himself. This group of dedicated latins make their way from Europe all the way to Jerusalem. Fighting saracens on the way and winning some incredible victories against all odds. The repercussions of this momentous event are probably being felt even today, having possibly caused an unsurmountable rift between two of the world's dominant religions.
  danoomistmatiste | Jan 24, 2016 |
A detailed account of the first crusade. Sanctioned by the Pope himself. This group of dedicated latins make their way from Europe all the way to Jerusalem. Fighting saracens on the way and winning some incredible victories against all odds. The repercussions of this momentous event are probably being felt even today, having possibly caused an unsurmountable rift between two of the world's dominant religions.
  kkhambadkone | Jan 17, 2016 |
Well-researched and exhaustive history of the First Crusade but still quite readable. I did occasionally get lost in the maze of Crusader knights but it was all very fascinating and kept my attention.
  amyem58 | Jul 16, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0195189051, Paperback)

In The First Crusade, Thomas Asbridge offers a gripping account of a titanic three-year adventure filled with miraculous victories, greedy princes, and barbarity on a vast scale. Beginning with the electrifying speech delivered by Pope Urban II on the last Tuesday of November in the year 1095, readers will follow the more than 100,000 men who took up the call from their mobilization in Europe (where great waves of anti-Semitism resulted in the deaths of thousands of Jews), to their arrival in Constanstinople, an exotic, opulent city--ten times the size of any city in Europe--that bedazzled the Europeans. Featured in vivid detail are the siege of Nicaea and the pivotal battle for Antioch, the single most important military engagement of the entire expedition, where the crusaders, in desparate straits, routed a larger and better equipped Muslim army. Through all this, the crusaders were driven on by intense religious devotion, convinced that their struggle would earn them the reward of eternal paradise in Heaven. But when a hardened core finally reached Jerusalem in 1099 they unleahsed an unholy wave of brutality, slaughtering thousands of Muslims--men, women, and children--all in the name of Christianity.
The First Crusade marked a watershed in relations between Islam and the West, a conflict that set these two world religions on a course toward deep-seated animosity and enduring enmity. The chilling reverberations of this earth-shattering clash still echo in the world today.

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In 1095, Pope Urban II delivered an electrifying speech that launched the First Crusade. In the largest mobilization since the fall of the Roman Empire, some 100,000 men took up the call, driven on by intense religious devotion, convinced that their struggle would earn them the reward of eternal paradise in Heaven. This book recounts a three-year adventure filled with barbarity: from the mobilization in Europe, where great waves of anti-Semitism resulted in the deaths of thousands of Jews, through the arrival in Constantinople, an opulent city, ten times the size of any city in Europe, that bedazzled the Europeans; to the siege of Nicaea and the pivotal battle for Antioch, where the crusaders routed a larger and better-equipped Muslim army. When a hardened core finally reached Jerusalem in 1099, they brutally slaughtered thousands of Muslims--men, women, and children--in the name of Christianity. The First Crusade marked a watershed in relations between Islam and the West, a conflict that set these two religions on a course toward enduring enmity.--From publisher description.… (more)

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