I love this book. It is clearly and artfully written, user-friendly, and well-organized, with excellent maps and an up-to-date suggested readings and sources in translation section. -- Paul Cobb, University of Notre Dame This enjoyable book is an excellent introduction for anyone interested in the Crusades. World History Connected Madden's small, accessible book is comprehensive, judicious, and fair. It should be required reading for anyone presuming to discuss crusading, crusaders, and the Crusades. Catholic Missourian Thomas Madden brings fresh understanding to these blemished, but at heart noble, efforts to defend the core of medieval European culture. -- Rev. William H. Scarle Leader Times Madden's books are the best. -- John F. Fink Criterion Exactly the right amount of information in just enough detail to hold the students' attention without overwhelming them. -- Kimberly Rivers, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
About the Author
Thomas F. Madden is professor and chair of the Department of History at Saint Louis University. A widely recognized expert on the Crusades and Christian-Muslim conflict, he has written and spoken widely on the topic in such venues as the New York Times, National Public Radio, and PBS. He is the author of A Concise History of the Crusades, which was a Washington Post Book World Rave selection, Enrico Dandolo and the Rise of Venice and The Fourth Crusade: The Conquest of Constantinople, a History Book Club selection. He is the editor of Crusades: The Illustrated History and The Crusades: The Essential Readings. He resides in St. Louis, Missouri.