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Complete Idiot's Guide to the Crusades (Complete Idiot's Guide Series)

Paperback|Oct 2001
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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...


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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
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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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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 241055
  • Product Code 0028642430
  • EAN 9780028642437
  • Pages 303
  • Department Academic
  • Category History
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Alpha Books Usa
  • Publication Date Oct 2001
  • Dimensions 231 x 187 x 20mm
  • Weight 0.552kg

Paul Williams

Paul Williams is Ireland's most respected crime journalist and true crime author. A qualified criminologist he has won a number of major journalism awards for his investigative work for "The Sunday World," He has been responsible for a string of major exposes about John Gilligan, his gang and the murder of Veronica Guerin. Williams is the international bestselling author of "Gangland "and" The General "which was made into a major motion picture by director John Boorman.ý

  • 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 Fifth Crusade: Washout On The Nile. The Fifth Crusade Gears Up. The Egyptian Misadventure. 27. An Excommunicated Emperor Leads The _sixth Crusade. The Enigmatic Emperor Frederick Ii. Frederick Wins-and Loses-jerusalem. 28. A Crusading Saint Takes Charge. The Crusade Against The Crusader. Yet Another Crusade To Free Jerusalem. King Louis Ix. The Seventh Crusade. 29. The End Of The Latin East. King Louis Counts His Troubles. The Mongol-christian Alliance. The Mamelukes. Appendixes. Appendix A. Glossary. Appendix B. Further Reading. Index.