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The Resource Holy warriors : a modern history of the Crusades, Jonathan Phillips

Holy warriors : a modern history of the Crusades, Jonathan Phillips

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Holy warriors : a modern history of the Crusades
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Holy warriors
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a modern history of the Crusades
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Jonathan Phillips
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eng
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  • University of London historian and History Channel contributor Phillips (The Second Crusade ) superbly condenses the four centuries of the Crusades into a single, easily accessible volume. Islamic as well as Western sources are utilized to demonstrate the similarities between jihad and crusading. The narrative weaves a tragic tapestry, beginning with the bloodily successful First Crusade, through the establishment of the Crusader states, to the failure of subsequent Crusades, the victories of the Muslim “counter-Crusade,” and the continuing legacy of religious and cultural hatred that permeates the Holy Land. Individuals such as the “charismatic” Queen Melisende of Jerusalem; the “Leper King,” Baldwin IV; the Muslim warriors Nur ad-Din and Saladin; England's Richard the Lionheart; and many others play major and minor roles in the creation of a past that still lives today. Episodes including the “breathtaking naivete” of the Children's Crusade and the Reconquista of the Iberian Peninsula are effectively described. Concluding chapters examine the impact of the Crusades since the 15th century. Regrettably, little attention is given to the crusading spirit resurrected by the 1571 Battle of Lepanto. But this is an outstanding summary of centuries of religious strife, the effects of which are with us still. 8 pages of b&w photos, 5 maps. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed January 4, 2010) (Publishers Weekly, vol 257, issue 1, p37)
  • Written for general rather than academic readers, this work is centered more on character than on chronology. Though Phillips (Crusading history, Royal Holloway, Univ. of London) follows the overall time line of the Crusades, his narrative often pauses to provide extensive sketches of figures and events not part of most popular histories of the Crusades. Phillips also continues past the ostensible "end" of the Crusading era in 1291, exploring some of the later Christian-Muslim battles that occurred outside the Middle East and analyzing how the cultural idea of Crusading developed as both action and metaphor from the medieval era to the modern day. Though somewhat brief considering the vast amount of history it covers, this work succeeds in providing a vivid and engaging narrative for a general audience while demonstrating excellent scholarship and a balanced presentation of Christian and Muslim viewpoints.—KM --Kathleen McCallister (Reviewed March 1, 2010) (Library Journal, vol 135, issue 4, p92)
  • A fresh, no-nonsense take on the causes, human cost and continued relevance of the medieval Crusades.Both religious belief and endemic violence characterized Europe in 1095 when Pope Urban II called for a "just war" against the alarming rise of the Muslims. Employing inflated language about sacrifice and the promise of celestial rewards, the pope gathered an army of 60,000 "Christian soldiers" to regain Jerusalem. They succeeded, but Phillips (Crusading History/Univ. of London; The Second Crusade: Extending the Frontiers of Christendom, 2007, etc.) shows how ensuing crusades failed miserably, despite the zeal of the faithful. The Second, initiated by Pope Eugenius III and Bernard of Clairvaux, ended in a humiliating retreat from Damascus; the launch of a Third Crusade by King Richard the Lionheart was in response to Saladin's retaking of Jerusalem; Pope Innocent III's call for a Fourth Crusade, led by the Venetians, ended in the shocking sack of Constantinople in 1204; Frederick II's abysmal Fifth Crusade was thwarted by the Egyptians, yet he eventually finagled his way into Jerusalem by sheer diplomacy; pious King Louis IX's determined last crusades in the Holy Land encountered significant Muslim resistance but gained him sainthood. Along the way there were tertiary struggles against the heretics, such as Innocent III's rallying against the Cathars, the rise of the Inquisition, led by the Dominican friars, and Ferdinand and Isabella's eventual regaining of the Iberian Peninsula from the Moors. Phillips wisely incorporates Columbus's mandate to spread the Good Word across the seas as another significant crusade. In two terrific concluding chapters, the author traces the resurgence of the crusading metaphor into modern times, largely thanks to Sir Walter Scott and the Romantics, and considers the incendiary war language of today—as jihad and as used by President Bush in asserting a "moral right."A straightforward, pertinent study replete with passionate personages both Christian and Muslim. (Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2009)
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Phillips, Jonathan
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909.07
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  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
D157
LC item number
.P55 2009
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non fiction
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  • Crusades
  • Crusades
  • Religion and civilization
  • Middle East
  • Europe
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a modern history of the crusades
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Holy warriors : a modern history of the Crusades, Jonathan Phillips
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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Contents
"Deus vult!": the First Crusade and the capture of Jerusalem, 1095-99 -- "May God's curse be upon them!": relations between Muslims and Franks in the Levant, 1099-1187 -- "A woman of unusual wisdom and discretion": Queen Melisende of Jerusalem -- The "blessed generation": Saint Bernard of Clairvaux and the Second Crusade, 1145-49 -- Saladin, the Leper King, and the fall of Jerusalem in 1187 -- "Nowhere in the world would ever two such princes be found": Richard the Lionheart, Saladin and the Third Crusade -- "An example of affliction and the works of hell": the Fourth Crusade and the sack of Constantinople, 1204 -- From "little foxes in the vines" and the Children's Crusade to the greatest church council of the age -- "Stupor mundi": the wonder of the world: Frederick II, the Fifth Crusade and the recovery of Jerusalem -- "To kill the serpent, first you must crush the head": the crusade of Louis IX and the rise of the Sultan Baibars -- From the trial of the Templars to Ferdinand and Isabella, Columbus, and the conquest of the new world -- New crusaders?: from Sir Walter Scott to Osama bin Laden and George W. Bush
Control code
765169
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
xxv, 434 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781400065806
Isbn Type
(hardcover : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2009033153
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unmediated
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rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781400065806
  • (OCoLC)368020862
Label
Holy warriors : a modern history of the Crusades, Jonathan Phillips
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"Deus vult!": the First Crusade and the capture of Jerusalem, 1095-99 -- "May God's curse be upon them!": relations between Muslims and Franks in the Levant, 1099-1187 -- "A woman of unusual wisdom and discretion": Queen Melisende of Jerusalem -- The "blessed generation": Saint Bernard of Clairvaux and the Second Crusade, 1145-49 -- Saladin, the Leper King, and the fall of Jerusalem in 1187 -- "Nowhere in the world would ever two such princes be found": Richard the Lionheart, Saladin and the Third Crusade -- "An example of affliction and the works of hell": the Fourth Crusade and the sack of Constantinople, 1204 -- From "little foxes in the vines" and the Children's Crusade to the greatest church council of the age -- "Stupor mundi": the wonder of the world: Frederick II, the Fifth Crusade and the recovery of Jerusalem -- "To kill the serpent, first you must crush the head": the crusade of Louis IX and the rise of the Sultan Baibars -- From the trial of the Templars to Ferdinand and Isabella, Columbus, and the conquest of the new world -- New crusaders?: from Sir Walter Scott to Osama bin Laden and George W. Bush
Control code
765169
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
xxv, 434 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781400065806
Isbn Type
(hardcover : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2009033153
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781400065806
  • (OCoLC)368020862

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