The Illustrated History

Book - 2004
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learn about one of the most fascinating phenomena of the Middle Ages, will find this book endlessly informative and enriching. Book jacket.
With an authoritative and accessible text by a team of specialist historians, this book not only provides a narrative of the major crusades but also looks at the complex background to events, including the divisions within the major religions - Latin and Orthodox Christians, Shia and Sunni Muslims. Beautifully illustrated throughout, Crusades brings history vividly to life. Anyone who wishes to probe the historical roots of 21st-century tensions between Islam and the West, or simply to
story: the encounter between East and West opened the eyes of Europeans to the world outside; it stimulated trade and the exchange of ideas; and it reintroduced important parts of Europe's classical literary heritage. The legacy of the Crusades is most evident today in castles, churches, and Moorish architecture, but more surprising is its contribution to developments in areas such as banking, science, engineering, medicine and philosophy.
The Crusades were a centuries-long series of military campaigns in a violent struggle between the Christian and Islamic worlds. Such wars were fought not only against Islamic empires in Asia Minor, the Holy Land and throughout the Mediterranean region, but also within Europe against heretics, pagans, and opponents of the Church. Crusades traces these major expeditions and focuses on key episodes such as the titanic struggles over Jerusalem and Constantinople. War, however, is not the whole
Publisher: Ann Arbor, Mich. : Univ. of Michigan Press, c2004
ISBN: 0472114638
Branch Call Number: 909.07 CRU
Characteristics: 224 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Madden, Thomas F.


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