The Crusades : The War for the Holy Land
by Thomas Asbridge
Editor: Simon & Schuster Ltd
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Published to coincide with a major BBC TELEVISION, the documentary series on the crusades presented by the authorIn the eleventh century, a great Christian army, summoned to holy war by the Pope, raged in the Muslim world and the eastern Mediterranean, to seize possession of Jerusalem, a city worshipped by both religionsDuring the two hundred years that followed this First Crusade, Islam and the West fought for the domination of the Holy Land, which clashed in a succession of appalling brutal wars, both firm in the belief that they were at the work of GodFor the first time, this book tells the story of this epic struggle from the perspective of Christians and Muslims, reconstructing the experiences and attitudes of people on each side of the conflictMixing the pulsation of narrative and piercing insight, he exposes all the horror, passion and barbarity of the grandeur of the crusade eraOne of the world’s leading experts on the subject, Thomas Asbridge proposes a vivid and penetrating history of the Crusades, setting a new standard for modern scienceDrawing on painstaking original research and an intimate knowledge of the Middle East, he discovers what inspired Muslims and Christians to embrace the ideals of jihadand crusade, revealing how these holy wars reshaped the medieval world and why they continue to resonate in the memory of humanity to this day.
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