God's War: A New History of the Crusades

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The story of how a group of warriors, driven by faith, greed and wanderlust, carved out new Christian-ruled states in the Middle East is one of the most extraordinary of all epics. The crusaders' stunning initial success started a sequence of great Crusades, each with its own story, that fundamentally shaped the Christian and Muslim worlds for two centuries, until the last Crusader castles were finally expunged. The energy and commitment that sent army after army into the eastern Mediterranean also led to the invasion and conversion of Central and Baltic Europe, Spain, Portugal, the destruction of the Cathars in Provence and the settlement of America. Told with great verve and authority, God's War is the definitive account of a fascinating but also horrifying story.

'We are still living with the images and legends of the crusades.Tyerman tells us how the Church set about preaching the crusades, exploiting the perennial pessimism and guilt of the European nobility of the Middle Ages. He shows how crusading ideology penetrated the religious sensibility of the period, as well as its secular fiction and poetry.Of all the modern histories of the crusades it is the shrewdest, the most reliable and the most complete.' - The Spectator

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Paperback. Pub Date: 2007 Pages: 1056 Publisher: Penguin The story of how a group of warriors. Driven by faith. Greed and wanderlust. Carved out new Christian-ruled states in the Middle East is one of the most extraordinary of all epics. The crusaders' stunning initial success started a sequence of great Crusades. each with its own story. that fundamentally shaped the Christian and Muslim worlds for two centuries. until the last Crusader castles were finally expunged. The energy and commitment that sent army after army into the eastern Mediterranean also led to the invasion and conversion of Central and Baltic Europe. Spain. Portugal. the destruction of the Cathars in Provence and the settlement of America. Told with great verve and authority. God's War is the definitive account of a fascinating but also horrifying story. We are still living with the images and legends of th...

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`A fine piece of fact-packed, closely argued work on that "clash of civilizations", echoes of which continue to roll across the planet' -- Sunday Herald

`A superb book ... majestic ... an entertaining as well as reliable' -- Diarmaid MacCulloch, author of Reformation

`An intelligible yet elegant, readable yet scholarly narrative ... vivid, convincing, concise' Felipe FernŠndez-Armesto, The Times -- Felipe FernŠndez-Armesto, The Times

`God's War is a first-rate, scholarly, up-to-date, and highly readable survey of the entire crusading movement ... sane, informed, and gripping' -- New York Review of Books

`Magisterial ... catches the feverish, visionary spirituality of the age' -- The Times Literary Supplement

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