Holy War: The Crusades and Their Impact on Today's World   -     By: Karen Armstrong
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Holy War: The Crusades and Their Impact on Today's World

Random House, Inc / 2002 / Paperback

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In 1095, with the tomb of Jesus still in the hands of infidels and the Byzantine empire overrun by Muslim Turks, Pope Urban II summoned Christian warriors to take up the cross and their swords against the Turks and then recover the holy city of Jerusalem from Islam. It was to be the first of the Crusades, a holy war that would focus the power of the European kingdoms against a common enemy. The Crusades became the stuff of romantic legend, but in reality they were a series of rabidly savage battles carried out in the name of Christian piety to advance power of the Western Church. Their legacy of religious violence is felt today as the age-old conflict of Christians, Jews, and Muslims persists. Karen Armstrong enters the minds of kings and sultans, popes, saints, assassins, and simple pilgrims, skillfully presenting the Crusades from the perspective of all three traditions and with a view toward their profound and continuing influence.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 656
Vendor: Random House, Inc
Publication Date: 2002
ISBN: 0385721404
ISBN-13: 9780385721400
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Karen Armstrong, bestselling author of A History of God, skillfully narrates this history of the Crusades with a view toward their profound and continuing influence.

In 1095 Pope Urban II summoned Christian warriors to take up the cross and reconquer the Holy Land. Thus began the holy wars that would focus the power of Europe against a common enemy and become the stuff of romantic legend. In reality the Crusades were a series of rabidly savage conflicts in the name of piety. And, as Armstrong demonstrates in this fascinating book, their legacy of religious violence continues today in the Middle East, where the age-old conflict of Christians, Jews, and Muslims persists.

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Karen Armstrong is the author of Islam and the recent bestseller Buddha as well as The Battle for God and A History of God. In fall 2001 she will be Scholar in Residence at Lowell House, Harvard University.

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    Not worth the paper it's printed on.
    June 5, 2011
    Brandan Jones
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    After reading this book, I am convinced that Karen Armstrong has a very poor understanding of Christianity. Throughout the book she affirms the West has been blinded by Crusading ideology since the first Crusade. However, I think it is more accurate that Armstrong is blinded and can only see the West through Crusade-colored glasses. Armstrong presents the idea that the Spanish Inquisition was the result of hatred of Jews and Muslims. She also affirms, on multiple occassions, that Western support of Israel occupying the Holy Land is a modern Crusade against Islam. This books is very one-sided and does a poor job of supporting the many claims that the West is still on a Crusade against the "House of Islam."
  2. James Dezellem
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    April 7, 2010
    James Dezellem
    Interestingly, I was looking for a Christian perspective on The Crusades shopping at CHRISTIANbook.com. This was not written from a Christian perspective nor do I think it was written from a very accurate historical perspective. $17.00 in the trash.
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