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The First Crusade: A Very Brief History

The First Crusade: A Very Brief History [Kindle Edition]

Mark Black
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Want to learn more about history, but don’t think you have the time? Think again.

The First Crusade began with a call from Pope Urban II to help the Byzantine Emperor, Alexius I Comnemnus, but European Christians were so quick to respond to the call that it soon descended into a disorganized crawl across Europe towards the Middle East. Along the way, knights and minor nobility enriched themselves by seizing land and valuables, and occasionally pillaging the towns they encountered. This is the story of the First Crusade.

The Very Brief History series is intended to give the reader a short, concise account of the most important events in world history. Each book provides the reader with the essential facts concerning a particular event or person; no distractions, just the essential facts, allowing the reader to master the subject in the shortest time possible.

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  • Print Length: 32 pages
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  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars The first crusade 20 Mar 2013
By Brian
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A very readable but short account of the first crusade great if you want the basic facts and it's free
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great readable history of the beginning of the crusades. 25 April 2013
By Solo - Published on
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Very interesting, highly readable. Not like the history you studied in High School. Charles River Editors write like a great novel. Always worthwhile.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Overview 3 Mar 2014
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This one is a good overview of the First Crusade and the problems the leaders had to overcome, many of their own doing, to reach and take back the Holy Land. The story discusses the infighting and logistical problems as the initial planning that should have gone into the operation. It is a wonder the Crusaders were somewhat successful. A few maps would have made the history easier to follow.
4.0 out of 5 stars Short History 28 Jan 2014
By Bonnie - Published on
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I am an amateur family geneologist and have a few Crusader's in my line. The reasons for all the Crusades are complicated and as varied as all the participants reasons for going on Crusade in the 11th century. Some of those reasons still exist today. It was a bloody and extremely violent time. The promise of great wealth and absolution by the church from all sins were a couple of the reasons. This short essay was very interesting.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Thank Goodness it was brief! 5 April 2013
By bibliogrammie - Published on
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I was really excited by the concept of a 'brief' history of the first crusade. I love history but with stacks of books waiting to be read, this sounded like a great way to increase my history IQ in a short time. Sorry to say, this was anything but the way to accomplish that! It was unorganized, repetitive, boring and otherwise uninformative. While I'm glad it was touted as 'brief', that may have been part of the problem. Throwing around names and repeating the need to forage for food didn't add much to what I already knew about the event. The repetition was such that at times I had to check to make sure I hadn't gotten off track and was re-reading portions. The goal, which was to reach Jerusalem, was summed up in a few sentences - a mere afterthought. Sorry that I wasted the space adding this to my Kindle. And I won't be tempted with any further "brief histories" that are offered.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Required reading for today's churches. 13 April 2013
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All professing Christians should be aware of the horrors a closed-mind-belief can inspire and perpetuate. Thank God for the Anabaptist reformation of the 16th century.
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