The Crusades The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land (Paperback)
|Author: Thomas Asbridge|
From a renowned historian who writes with "maximum vividness" ("The New Yorker") comes the most authoritative, readable single-volume history of the brutal struggle for the holy land
Nine hundred years ago, a vast Christian army, summoned to holy war by the Pope, rampaged through the Muslim world of the eastern Mediterranean, seizing possession of Jerusalem, a city revered by both faiths. Over the two hundred years that followed, Islam and Christianity fought for dominion of the Holy Land, clashing in a succession of chillingly brutal wars: the Crusades. Here for the first time is the story of that epic struggle told from the perspective of both Christians and Muslims. A vivid and fast-paced narrative history, it exposes the full horror, passion, and barbaric grandeur of the Crusading era, revealing how these holy wars reshaped the medieval world and why they continue to influence events today.
From the Publisher:
Drawing on both European and Arabic sources, a magisterial, narrative history tells the full story of this brutal struggle for dominion of the Holy Land from both the Christian and Muslim perspective for the first time, revealing the full horror, passion and barbaric grandeur of the Crusades. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.