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The Crusades: The Two Hundred Years War: The Clash Between the Cross and Teh Crescent in the Middle East 1096-1291 (Prime Time History) [Library Binding]

James Harpur
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30 Jan 2008 Prime Time History
During the Middle Ages the titanic clash between the Christian and Muslim worlds that centred on Palestine and lasted for some 200 years was one of the most unforgettable episodes in western history. For the crusaders the prize was the possession of Jerusalem and the Holy Land, which for hundreds of years had shimmered in the minds of European Christians as the most sacred place on earth. For the Muslims, on the other hand, the crusaders were not only the infidel, but a coarse, violent brigade of invaders - undoubtedly courageous and virile - lacking the refinements of civilization. The Crusades captures the excitement and drama of the battles, sieges, gruelling marches and surprise ambushes. It unravels the webs of politics and ever-shifting alliances between the crusaders and Muslims; and it conjures up the heroes and villains, and what life was really like for the thousands of Franks for whom Outremer was not so much a foreign land as a home. With maps to pinpoint the routes and places and a back-section glossary of the leading personalities and a chronology of events, The Crusades is a one-volume guide to the wars that became a legend.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Library Binding: 118 pages
  • Publisher: Rosen Publishing Group (30 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1404213678
  • ISBN-13: 978-1404213678
  • Product Dimensions: 28.1 x 23.6 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,495,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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James Harpur was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, England, where he read Classics and English. An enthusiast of medieval history and comparative religion, he has written and edited a number of books on these and related subjects, including Revelations: the Medieval World, The Atlas of Sacred Places and The World's Religions. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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By Lijojo
Format:Library Binding|Verified Purchase
Lovely quality book with good photographs and copy illuminations. It is a very good book for a beginner/student into Crusading History. The book does not go into any great depth of the subject and the Second Crusade section was particularly brief. So if you wish to know the subject in greater depth this would not be the book for you.

However having said all that, it was a good book for anyone just wanting a brief outline to Crusading History and was very easy to read
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