The Complete Idiot's Guide(R) to the Crusades

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9780028642437: The Complete Idiot's Guide(R) to the Crusades

You’re no idiot, of course. You know the Crusades were a war between Christians and Muslims for control of the Holy Land. However, these bloody conflicts raged over centuries, under changing circumstances, making the whole story difficult to follow.

You don’t have to don armor and cross deserts to relive the Crusades! The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to the Crusades shows you why these wars began, why they continued for so long, and how their impact on the world still resonates. This Complete Idiot’s Guide® gives you:

            --An introduction to the Dark Ages and the Renaissance, and why Pope Urban II would grant absolution to anyone who reclaimed the Holy Land for Christianity.

            --The origins of such Holy Orders as the Knights Templar, the Hospitallers, and the Teutonic Knights—and the roles they played during the Crusades.

            --The creation of such items as chastity belts, razors, stained glass, perfume, the crossbow, the compass, and public latrines.

            --The nobles—Richard the Lion Heart, Louis IX, and Frederick II—and the Muslim leaders—Saladin, Zengi, and Nur ed-Din—who held the lives of thousands in their hands.

 

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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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