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Holy Warriors: A Modern History of the Crusades
 
 
Author
Jonathan Phillips.
Publisher Random House  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.3 x 1.25 inches
ISBN 9781400065806
Pages/Publication Date 434/2009
Daedalus Item Code 21856
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An internationally renowned expert on the Crusades, Jonathan Phillips traces the origins, expansion, decline, and conclusion of the medieval holy wars—starting with Pope Urban II's emotive speech in November 1095, in which he called for the recovery of Jerusalem from Islam—and comments on their contemporary echoes, from the mysteries of the Templars to the grim reality of al-Qaeda.

"University of London historian and History Channel contributor Phillips superbly condenses the four centuries of the Crusades into a single, easily accessible volume. Islamic as well as Western sources are utilized to demonstrate the similarities between jihad and crusading. The narrative weaves a tragic tapestry, beginning with the bloodily successful First Crusade, through the establishment of the Crusader states, to the failure of subsequent Crusades, the victories of the Muslim counter-Crusade, and the continuing legacy of religious and cultural hatred that permeates the Holy Land. Individuals such as the charismatic Queen Melisende of Jerusalem; the Leper King, Baldwin IV; the Muslim warriors Nur ad-Din and Saladin; England's Richard the Lionheart; and many others play major and minor roles in the creation of a past that still lives today. Episodes including the breathtaking naiveté of the Children's Crusade and the Reconquista of the Iberian Peninsula are effectively described. Concluding chapters examine the impact of the Crusades since the 15th century.... This is an outstanding summary of centuries of religious strife, the effects of which are with us still."—Publishers Weekly

 
 
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