The Crusades by Thomas Asbridge
The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land

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Even if there was nothing else to praise about Thomas Asbridge’s The Crusades (and there is plenty), we can rejoice that he has managed to harness 200 years of war, intrigue and faith and place it neatly into several hundred pages of clear, bright prose.
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The Crusades is an authoritative, accessible single-volume history of the brutal struggle for the Holy Land in the Middle Ages. Thomas Asbridge—a renowned historian who writes with “maximum vividness” (Joan Acocella, The New Yorker)—covers the years 1095 to 1291 in this  big, ambitious, readable account of one of the most fascinating periods in history. From Richard the Lionheart to the mighty Saladin, from the emperors of Byzantium to the Knights Templar, Asbridge’s book is a magnificent epic of Holy War between the Christian and Islamic worlds, full of adventure, intrigue, and sweeping grandeur.

 

About Thomas Asbridge

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Thomas Asbridge is Lecturer in Early Medieval History at Queen Mary, University of London. An acknowledged expert on the history of the Crusades, he has traveled extensively in the Near East following the route of the First Crusade.
 
Published March 13, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 804 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, War, Travel. Non-fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Feb 22 2015

Emphasizing the dramatic Third Crusade and its heroic antagonists, Richard the Lionheart and Saladin, the narrative reads like an adventure story, albeit one that is both factual and instructive.

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Reviewed by Helen Castor on Feb 06 2010

But for those who have the stomach, Asbridge's lengthy narrative builds into a haunting and thought-provoking story. The suffering he describes was, unlike Haiti's agony, deliberately inflicted; and the question he seeks to answer is: why?

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Reviewed by John Van der Kiste on Jan 31 2010

This meticulously-researched saga begins with an examination of Europe's burgeoning political and military power in the eleventh century, its dreams of development and expansion, and an inevitable clash with the Arab-Islamic world...From his narrative, it is clear that neither side had a monopoly of wanton aggression towards the weaker foe..

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Reviewed by Michael Patrick Brady on Jun 10 2010

...today’s conflicts in this troubled yet alluring region are not far removed from the conflicts that raged hundreds of years ago, and with The Crusades, author and medieval historian Thomas Asbridge wipes away the obscuring dust of passed time to reveal a stunningly complicated and familiar set of circumstances.

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A Walrus Darkly

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Reviewed by Matthew on Mar 08 2011

Even if there was nothing else to praise about Thomas Asbridge’s The Crusades (and there is plenty), we can rejoice that he has managed to harness 200 years of war, intrigue and faith and place it neatly into several hundred pages of clear, bright prose.

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