God's War offers a sweeping new vision of one of history's most astounding events: the Crusades. From 1096 to 1500, European Christians fought to recreate the Middle East, Muslim Spain, and the pagan Baltic in the image of their...
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God's War offers a sweeping new vision of one of history's most astounding events: the Crusades.
From 1096 to 1500, European Christians fought to recreate the Middle East, Muslim Spain, and the pagan Baltic in the image of their God. The Crusades are perhaps both the most familiar and most misunderstood phenomena of the medieval world, and here Christopher Tyerman seeks to recreate, from the ground up, the centuries of violence committed as an act of religious devotion.
The result is a stunning reinterpretation of the Crusades, revealed as both bloody political acts and a manifestation of a growing Christian communal identity. Tyerman uncovers a system of belief bound by aggression, paranoia, and wishful thinking, and a culture founded on war as an expression of worship, social discipline, and Christian charity.
This astonishing historical narrative is imbued with figures that have become legends--Saladin, Richard the Lionheart, Philip Augustus. But Tyerman also delves beyond these leaders to examine the thousands and thousands of Christian men--from Knights Templars to mercenaries to peasants--who, in the name of their Savior, abandoned their homes to conquer distant and alien lands, as well as the countless people who defended their soil and eventually turned these invaders back. With bold analysis, Tyerman explicates the contradictory mix of genuine piety, military ferocity, and plain greed that motivated generations of Crusaders. He also offers unique insight into the maturation of a militant Christianity that defined Europe's identity and that has forever influenced the cyclical antagonisms between the Christian and Muslim worlds.
Drawing on all of the most recent scholarship, and told with great verve and authority, God's War is the definitive account of a fascinating and horrifying story that continues to haunt our contemporary world.
Christopher Tyerman has been a Research Fellow in medieval history at the University of Oxford, and is now Lecturer in Medieval History at Hertford College, Oxford, and the Head of History at Harrow School, Middlesex.
- List Of Illustrations List Of Maps Acknowledgements Preface Introduction: Europe And The Mediterranean The First Crusade 1. The Origins Of Christian Holy War 2. The Summons To Jerusalem 3. The March To Constantinople 4. The Road To The Holy Sepulchre Frankish Outremer 5. The Foundation Of Christian Outremer 6. The Latin States 7. East Is East And East Is West: Outremer In The Twelfth Century The Second Crusade 8. A New Path To Salvation? Western Christendom And Holy War 1100-1145 9. God's Bargain: Summoning The Second Crusade 10. 'the Spirit Of The Pilgrim God': Fighting The Second Crusade The Third Crusade 11. 'a Great Cause For Mourning': The Revival Of Crusading And The Third Crusade 12. The Call Of The Cross 13. To The Siege Of Acre 14. The Palestine War 1191-2 The Fourth Crusade 15. 'ehud's Sharpened Sword' 16. The Fourth Crusade: Preparations 17. The Fourth Crusade: Diversion The Expansion Of Crusading 18. The Albigensian Crusades 1209-29 19. The Fifth Crusade 1213-21 20. Frontier Crusades 1: Conquest In Spain 21. Frontier Crusades 2: The Baltic And The North The Defence Of Outremer 22. Survival And Decline: The Frankish Holy Land In The Thirteenth Century 23. The Defence Of The Holy Land 1221-44 24. Louis Ix And The Fall Of Mainland Outremer 1244-91 The Later Crusades 25. The Eastern Crusades In The Later Middle Ages 26. The Crusade And Christian Society In The Later Middle Ages Conclusion Notes Select Further Reading Select List Of Rulers Index