The Complete Idiot's Guide® to the Crusades is a journey into the clash between Christianity and Islam in a two-hundred-year battle for the soul of man and the profits of trade. It was a time when western civilization brought the world such items as chastity belts, razors, stained glass, perfume, gunpowder, the compass, and even public latrines. The book will record every step of this 1,000-mile journey: the epic battles of Antioch, Jerusalem, and Acre and, ultimately, the battle for the souls of all men. It was a war that, in many ways, is still being fought today in various spots on the globe.
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Paul L. Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Wilkes University, a Master of Divinity degree from Drew University, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Drew. He also received six academic scholarships and a teaching fellowship from Lehigh University. Paul has taught theology, humanities, medieval history, and philosophy at the University of Scranton.
After writing a series of feature articles on religion for the National Review, our author became existentially shipwrecked in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where he became a holy hermit. On select occasions, he emerged from his secluded castle to battle dragons, to save damsels in distress, to engage in holy war, and to write such inspired works as The Moral Philosophy of Peter Abelard (The University Press of America), Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Catholic Church But Were Afraid to Ask for Fear of Excommunication (Doubleday), and The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Lives of the Saints. He has also penned a series of scripts for CBS and Allied Artists.
This distinguished knight has championed the cause of the disenfranchised and the oppressed by serving as an award-winning newspaper reporter who captured three first-prize Keystone Press awards in three different categories in the same year—a feat that remains unmatched by any other crusading reporter. His long-suffering and pious wife, Patricia, serves as a schoolteacher for the Abington Heights (Pennsylvania) School District. They have a beautiful, intelligent, and radiant daughter, Princess Katherine, who came from Heaven, as Paul in days of yore lost the singular key to his good wife's chastity belt.
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Book Description Alpha, 2001. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: 1. The Medieval World. 1. Welcome to the Middle Ages. The Grimness of Daily Life. Starvation vs. Serfdom. Working for The Lord of the Manor. Faith, Hope, and the Church. Ignorance and Redemption. 2. The Dawn of the Renaissance. Technology Transforms Agriculture. Winds of Change. The Church Weighs In. The Age of Chivalry. The Knights of the Cross. 3. The Pope Declares Holy War. Pope Urban II Rallies the Troops. 4. The Lure of Byzantium. East Is East . II. THE FIRST CRUSADE. 5. The Crusade of the Poor. Little Peter. The Crusade Produces the First Holocaust. The March to Jerusalem. A Bad End for the Poor. A Good End for Little Peter. 6. A Pride of Princes: The First Crusade. Meet the Holy-And Not-So-Holy-Crusaders. Off to Constantinople. Bring On the Holy War. 7. The Siege of Nicea: The First Crusade's _. . First Battle. The Crusaders Lay Siege to Nicea. The March to Antioch. The Anatolian Nightmare. A Crusader Gets Crowned! 8. Autumn in Antioch. Intrigue at Antioch. The Holy Lance. Plague, Chaos, and Famine. An Ironic End to the Final March. 9. The Conquest of Jerusalem. The Eve of the Siege. Holy War. Divine Intervention. The Siege. III. THE FORMATION OF THE LATIN EAST. 10. Life in the Latin East. The Last Hurrah. The Kingdom Comes Together! The New East. The Fate of the Great Heroes. 11. The Knights Templar and the Hospitallers. The Knights Templar. The Hospitallers. Laws unto Themselves. 12. The Wild, Wild East. The Moslems Fight Back. The Moslems Fight Each Other. The Christians Recoup-And Go Native. 13. Jihad: Holy War Against the Franks. Soldiers of Allah vs. Soldiers of God. Zengi Goes on a Rampage. Zengi's Triumph Rocks the Latin World. IV. THE SECOND CRUSADE. 14. A Medieval Million-Man March. High Times Back at Home. St. Bernard Plays Barker. The First Million-Man March. 15. Damascus Mystery: A Crusade Disappears! Zengi's Son Takes Up the Banner. The Damascus Debacle. An Unsolved Mystery. 16. The Crusader Kingdom Is Cursed. Nur ed-Din Eyes the Nile. Alliances Go Haywire. Saladin Moves Up. The Crusader Kingdom on the Ropes. 17. Saladin Triumphant: The Crusader Kingdom _Collapses. Reynald of Chatillon. The Great Moslem Army Assembles. The Crusader Kingdom Falls. V. THE THIRD CRUSADE: THE RAGE OF A LION. 18. After the Fall: The Call for a Third Crusade. A Moral Morass. God's Judgment Launches the Crusade. 19. Richard: The Real Lion King. King Richard. Richard's Sicilian Sojourn. The Crusaders Set Sail. 20. The Battle at Acre. Guy's Quandary. Acre Surrenders. Post-Battle Business. 21. Richard vs. Saladin: The Clash of Titans. Richard's March to Jerusalem. Richard the Lion Heart. 6. THE COURTH CRUSADE. 22. Naive Nobles Court the Doge to Fund the Fourth Crusade. Enlist or Be Damned. The Boy Nobles Take Up the Cross. 23. The Crusaders in Venice: Deals and Detours. The Christian Army Gathers in Venice. The Zara Imbroglio. Alexis vs. Alexis. The Crusaders Take Constantinople. 24. The Fall of Constantinople Ends the _Crusade That Never Began. The Empire Changes Hands. The Crusaders Sack Constantinople. Byzantium Becomes Romania! 25. The Children's Crusade: The Final _March of Folly. German Children March to Disaster. French Children Drown or Are Enslaved. The Crusade Spirit Penetrates Feudal Life. 7. THE COLLAPSE OF THE CRUSADES. 26. The Fift. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0028642430
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