The Crusades: A Very Short Introduction
by Christopher Tyerman
Editor: Oxford University Press
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The crusade of fervor seized Europe for over 200 years, the creation of one of the most extraordinary, live episodes in the history of the worldIf the Crusades are considered the most romantic of Christian expeditions, or the last of the barbarian invasions, they have fascinated generations since, and their legacy of ideas and images has resonated through the centuries, inspiring Hollywood movies and great works of literatureEven today, to invoke the Crusades is to deeply stir cultural myths, received ideas and prejudicesYet, despite their strong hold on our imagination, to our knowledge remains obscured a distorted by timeHave been crossed motivated by spiritual rewards, or by the lure of gainThe Crusades were an experience in European colonialism, or a manifestation of religious loveHow were they organized and founded?A customary figure of talent and originality, Christopher Tyerman chose his path through the many debates to be presented clearly and lively discussion on the Crusades; bringing together problems of colonialism, cultural exchange, economic exploitation, and the relationship between past and present.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Presentations in the Oxford University Press series contains hundreds of titles in almost every fieldThese paperback books are the ideal way to get in advance into a new topic quicklyOur experts and authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas and enthusiasm to make it interesting and stimulating topics very readable.
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