The First Crusade

The First Crusade

A New History

Book - 2004
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On the last Tuesday of November 1095, Pope Urban II delivered an electrifying speech that launched the First Crusade. His words set Christendom afire. Some 100,000 men, from knights to paupers, took up the call--the largest mobilization of manpower since the fall of the Roman Empire. The crusaders were driven on by intense religious devotion, convinced that their struggle would earn them the reward of eternal paradise in Heaven. But when a hardened core finally reached Jerusalem in 1099 they unleashed an unholy wave of brutality, slaughtering thousands of Muslims--men, women, and children--all in the name of Christianity. The First Crusade marked a watershed in relations between Islam and the West, a conflict that set these two world religions on a course toward deep-seated animosity and enduring enmity. The chilling reverberations of this earth-shattering clash still echo in the world today.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, c2004
ISBN: 9780195189056
0195189051
9780195178234
0195178238
Characteristics: xvi, 408 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm

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AngelaSchneider
Nov 05, 2011

Even better than the venerable Steve Runciman - Asbridge offers fresh perspectives and more detail on the First Crusade than anyone else I've read on the subject.

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