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The Crusades: The Essential Readings Paperback – July 19, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0631230236 ISBN-10: 0631230238 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (July 19, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631230238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631230236
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,089,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Madden's new book seeks to bridge the gap between popular caricatures of the crusades and the more balanced picture of the movement that historians have been producing for more than a generation. The dozen specimens of lively recent scholarship on the crusades that Madden has assembled here are shrewdly calculated to provoke students into rethinking what they thought they knew about the crusading movement.” James A. Brundage, University of Kansas <!--end-->

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The twelve complete articles in this volume represent some of the best recent scholarship on the crusades. The collection introduces students to fundamental concepts of crusading, including the nature of the movement, the motivation of the participants, and the impact on the East. The focus is not on individual crusades but on the political, economic, spiritual, and demographic factors behind these medieval holy wars and on their consequences.

A strong editorial structure guides students through the competing perspectives that have dominated scholarly discussion. An opening introduction summarizes relevant historical events and provides an overview of the historiography. Each article is then contextualized by the editor with a discussion of its significance to scholarship.

More About the Author

Thomas F. Madden is Professor of History and Director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University. As an author and historical consultant he has appeared in such venues as The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and The History Channel.

Awards for his scholarship include the Haskins Medal, awarded by the Medieval Academy of America, and the Otto Grundler Prize, awarded by the Medieval Institute. He is a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America, and a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian D. McSpadden on May 13, 2012
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This book was a lifesaver for the research paper I wrote for Church History. It was in excellent condition. I definitiely reccomend this book!!
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