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  1. The Crusades: A History, 2nd Edition
    The Crusades: A History, 2nd Edition
    Jonathan Riley-Smith
    Yale University Press / Trade Paperback
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"Everything is here: the crusades to the Holy Land, and against the Albigensians, the Moors, the pagans in Eastern Europe, the Turks, and the enemies of the popes. Riley-Smith writes in a beautiful, lucid prose packed with facts and action,"---Choice. A reliable one-volume summary. 302 pages, softcover. Yale University.

  1. Crusades, The: A Very Short Introduction
    Crusades, The: A Very Short Introduction
    Christopher Tyerman
    Oxford University Press / 2006 / Trade Paperback
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With flair and originality, Christopher Tyerman presents a clear and lively discussion of the Crusades, bringing together issues of colonialism, cultural exchange, economic exploitation, and the relationship between past and present. He considers the effects of the Crusades on ordinary life in Western Europe, and the parts played by ordinary men and women in the conflict, and explores the term "Crusade" for contemporary political ends. Whether the Crusades are regarded as the most romantic of Christian expeditions, or the last of the barbarian invasions, they have fascinated generations ever since, and their legacy of ideas and imagery has resonated through the centuries, inspiring Hollywood movies and great works of literature.

  1. The Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam, and Francis of Assisi's Mission of Peace
    The Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam, and Francis of Assisi's Mission of Peace
    Paul Moses
    Random House / 2009 / Hardcover
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St. Francis of Assisi is know to many as a lover of animals and a caretaker of creation, but unfortunately little else. One of the most overlooked moments in Francis' life however, was his encounter with an Islamic Sultan during the fifth Crusade. In 1219, Francis and his brothers crossed into Egypt in order to gain an audience with the Sultan Malik Al-Kamil. Impressed by his bravery, Al-Kamil allowed Francis to preach the message of Christ to his Muslim subjects.

  1. Armies of Heaven: The First Crusade and the Quest for Apocalypse
    Armies of Heaven: The First Crusade and the Quest for Apocalypse
    Jay Rubenstein
    Basic Books / 2011 / Hardcover
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At Moson, the river Danube ran red with blood. At Antioch, the Crusaders--their saddles freshly decorated with sawed-off heads--indiscriminately clogged the streets with the bodies of eastern Christians and Turks. At Ma'arra, they cooked children on spits and ate them. By the time the Crusaders reached Jerusalem, their quest--and their violence--had become distinctly otherworldly: blood literally ran shin-deep through the streets as the Crusaders overran the sacred city.

    There is no shortage of stories about the crusades, or of biographies of those who played the leading roles in this, the greatest epic of the Middle ages. But there has been no book in which we could find, recreated, the way of life, the world view, the everyday social organization of those who tempted adventure. They were kings and paupers, barons, clerks, women, and merchants. Some were driven by their faith, others by the spirit of conquest, and some by a hunger for greatness and wealth. Regine Pernoud presents for us a living picture in which we can view, first hand, the awe of the Christians as they beheld the Muslim world, the myriad ordeals they sustained while traveling for years in unknown lands.

    1. The First Crusade: A New History
      The First Crusade: A New History
      Thomas Asbridge
      Oxford University Press / 2005 / Trade Paperback
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    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 mobilized 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.

    1. Holy War: The Crusades and Their Impact on Today's World
      Holy War: The Crusades and Their Impact on Today's World
      Karen Armstrong
      Random House / 2002 / Trade 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.

    1. Victory of the West: The Great Christian-Muslim Clash at the Battle of Lepanto
      Victory of the West: The Great Christian-Muslim Clash at the Battle of Lepanto
      Niccolo Capponi
      Running Press / 2008 / Trade Paperback
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    "On October 7, 1571, the Ottoman fleet met a combined Christian fleet called the Holy League off the coast of mainland Greece. The daylong battle resulted in the first significant defeat of Ottoman forces by Europeans, shattering the aura of invincibility. An absorbing and even thrilling account,"---Booklist. 464 pages, softcover. Da Capo Press.

    1. God's Battalions: The Case For The Crusades
      God's Battalions: The Case For The Crusades
      Rodney Stark
      HarperOne / 2009 / Hardcover
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    In God's Battalions, Rodney Stark argues that the medieval Crusades were not waged in order to gain land, steal money, or to win converts as popularly believed today. Instead, Stark suggests that the Crusades were foremost a military response to unwarranted aggression by expanding Turkish invaders. By looking at the history of the seven major Crusades from 1095 to 1291, Stark argues that the crusaders launched their campaign because of extensive Islamic provocation after centuries of repeated attempts to colonize the West.

    1. The Crusades, Christianity, and Islam
      The Crusades, Christianity, and Islam
      Jonathan Riley-Smith
      Columbia University Press / 2011 / Trade Paperback
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    "There is a gaping chasm between myth and reality. Leading churchmen, scholars in other fields, and the general public hold to a caricature of the Crusades created by a pox of modern ideologies. If that chasm is ever to be bridged, it will be with well-written and powerful books such as this,"---First Things. 136 pages, softcover. Columbia University.

    1. The History of the Medieval World: From the Conversion of Constantine to the First Crusade
      The History of the Medieval World: From the Conversion of Constantine to the First Crusade
      Susan Wise Bauer
      W W Norton / 2010 / Hardcover
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    A brilliantly cohesive look at the Medieval World, readers will re-discover history from a linear, detailed, global scope. Moving from kingdom to kingdom, each chapter includes a timeline and the beginning of each chapter is labeled with the years it covers. Integrating dates and names with the information that breathes life into facts, the narrative flows easily between marriages made, treaties forged, wars waged, and the trials and tribulations that came with defending land and honor in the Medieval Age. 746 pages, indexed, hardcover with dust jacket.

    1. Chronicles of the First Crusade
      Chronicles of the First Crusade
      Edited by Christopher Tyerman
      Penguin Classics / 2012 / Trade Paperback
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    One of the great turning points in Western history, the First Crusade represents the climax of Christian fervor in seeking to wrest Jerusalem from the hands of Muslim invaders. Tyerman excerpts firsthand accounts from religious visionaries, knights, and peasants. The unfolding picture is almost surreal. 304 pages, softcover. Penguin.

    1. The First Crusade
      The First Crusade
      Steven Runciman
      Cambridge University Press / Trade Paperback
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    When Pope Urban II rose to his feet to address the multitudes gathered before him at the Council of Clermont in 1095, his appeal was simple: let Western Christendom march to the aid of their brethren in the East.

    1. Those Terrible Middle Ages! Debunking the Myths
      Those Terrible Middle Ages! Debunking the Myths
      Rgine Pernoud
      Ignatius Press / 2000 / Trade Paperback
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    As she examines the many misconceptions about the "Middle Ages" the reown French historian, Regine Peroud gives the reader a refreshingly original perspective on many subjects, both historical as well as eminently modern. here are fascinating insights, based on Peroud'd sound knowledge and extensive experience as an archivist at the French National Archives. The book will be provocative for the general readers as well as a helpful resource for teachers of most levels of education.

    1. The Quiet Light: A Novel about St. Thomas Aquinas
      The Quiet Light: A Novel about St. Thomas Aquinas
      Louis de Wohl
      Ignatius Press / 1996 / Trade Paperback
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    The famous novelist de Wohl presents a stimulating historical novel about the great St. Thomas Aquinas, set against the violent background of the Italy of the Crusades. He tells the intriguing story of St. Thomas who defied his illustrious, prominent family's ambition for him to have great power in the Church by taking a vow of poverty and joining the Dominicans.

    1. The Later Crusades, 1274-1580: From Lyons to Alcazar
      The Later Crusades, 1274-1580: From Lyons to Alcazar
      Norman Housley
      Oxford University Press / 1992 / Trade Paperback
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    The expulsion of the Christians from the Holy Land in 1291 was far from being the end of the crusading movement. Crusades continued for three centuries over a vast area stretching form Morocco to Russia, and played an important role in the politics and society of late medieval Europe. Norman Housley's comprehensive survey is the first to focus in depth on the later crusades.

    1. The Real History Behind the Templars
      The Real History Behind the Templars
      Sharan Newman
      Penguin Books / 2007 / Trade Paperback
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    1. God's War: A New History of the Crusades
      God's War: A New History of the Crusades
      Christopher Tyerman
      Harvard University Press / 2008 / Trade Paperback
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    "A first-rate, scholarly, up-to-date, and highly readable survey of the entire crusading movement, overall perhaps less entertaining and less inspiring than Runciman, but more balanced and, as a synthesis of two generations of further research, often much better informed,"---New York Review of Books. 1040 pages, softcover. Harvard University.

    1. The Crusades
      The Crusades
      Hans Eberhard Mayer
      Oxford University Press / 1997 / Trade Paperback
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    The second edition of The Crusades, for long standard work on the subject, has been extensively rewritten to take account of the latest research and new interpretations. Crusading was a central theme in the early medieval European history, and the book covers all the expeditoins which took place between the First Crusade in 1096 and the final retreat from Palestine in 1291.

    1. The Crusades Through Arab Eyes
      The Crusades Through Arab Eyes
      Amin Maalouf
      Random House / 1989 / Trade Paperback
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    Intriguing and entertaining, The Crusades Through Arab Eyes is a vivid portrait of a society nearly destroyed by internal conflict and shaken by a traumatic encounter with an alien culture. Maalouf offers fascinating insights into the historical forces that even today shape Arab and Islamic consciousness.

    1. New Concise History of the Crusades
      New Concise History of the Crusades
      Thomas F. Madden
      Rowman & Littlefield Publishers / 2005 / Trade Paperback
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    1. Fighting for the Cross: Crusading in the Holy Land
      Fighting for the Cross: Crusading in the Holy Land
      Norman Housley
      Yale University Press / 2008 / Hardcover
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    1. The Oxford History of the Crusades
      The Oxford History of the Crusades
      Jonathan Riley-Smith(ED.)
      Oxford University Press / 2002 / Trade Paperback
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    1. The Brethren: A Tale of the Crusades, Grades 8-Adult
      The Brethren: A Tale of the Crusades, Grades 8-Adult
      H. Rider Haggard
      Christian Liberty Press / 2004 / Trade Paperback
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    This stirring novel is set in the climactic months before the opening of the Third Crusade, called the Kings' Crusade. The Brethren is a classic tale of love and chivalry, unfolding amidst the touching story of two English knights who are in love with the same maiden. The devotion of these men is tested when their beloved is carried away against her will to Palestine and eventually to the court of the famous Muslim leader, Saladin.