The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Crusades (Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback))

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9780028642437: The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Crusades (Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback))

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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