Crusaders: The Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands

Crusaders: The Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands

A major new history of the Crusades with an unprecedented wide scope, told in a tableau of portraits of people on all sides of the wars, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Templars.

For more than one thousand years, Christians and Muslims lived side by side, sometimes at peace and sometimes at war. When Christian armies seized Jerusalem in 1099, they began the most notorious period of conflict between the two religions. Depending on who you ask, the fall of the holy city was either an inspiring legend or the greatest of horrors. In Crusaders, Dan Jones interrogates the many sides of the larger story, charting a deeply human and avowedly pluralist path through the crusading era.

Expanding the usual timeframe, Jones looks to the roots of Christian-Muslim relations in the eighth century and tracks the influence of crusading to present day. He widens the geographical focus to far-flung regions home to so-called enemies of the Church, including Spain, North Africa, southern France, and the Baltic states. By telling intimate stories of individual journeys, Jones illuminates these centuries of war not only from the perspective of popes and kings, but from Arab-Sicilian poets, Byzantine princesses, Sunni scholars, Shi'ite viziers, Mamluk slave soldiers, Mongol chieftains, and barefoot friars.

Crusading remains a rallying call to this day, but its role in the popular imagination ignores the cooperation and complicated coexistence that were just as much a feature of the period as warfare. The age-old relationships between faith, conquest, wealth, power, and trade meant that crusading was not only about fighting for the glory of God, but also, among other earthly reasons, about gold. In this richly dramatic narrative that gives voice to sources usually pushed to the margins, Dan Jones has written an authoritative survey of the holy wars with global scope and human focus.

Title:Crusaders: The Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780525428312
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    Crusaders: The Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands Reviews

  • Jeffrey Keeten

    ”Christ may have abhorred violence, but warfare, killing, bloodshed and even genocide nevertheless remained familiar parts of Christian exegesis.”In 1095, Pope Urban II received a summons from Byz...

  • Jackie

    Well researched and very interesting!...

  • Mark Gannon

    This book worked hard for it's five stars, and they were well earned. This is the third book by Dan Jones that I have read and he never fails to impress. He has taken the Crusades, with its long histo...

  • Mark

    What is there new to say about one of the most frequently written about events in human history? To his credit Dan Jones makes no grandiose claims about a fresh interpretation, but instead approaches ...

  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)

    Very good and enjoyable! Dan Jones was amazing as usual. A lot of this was a refresher for me because of a college class I took about Europe in the high middle ages. We covered the start of the Crusad...

  • Geoffrey

    (Note: I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley) “Crusaders” is definitely an ambitious take on a subject that has already had so much written about it. Dan Jones goes well beyond the Leva...

  • Sarah -  All The Book Blog Names Are Taken

    Such a great read. Superb. Review to come.——————IIIIIII CAAAAAAAAAAN'T WAAAAAAAAAAAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!And yeah, I rated it already, what'cha gonna do about it?...

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  • Henri

    My first Dan Jones book. Very much worth all the effort. ...

  • Jason Wilson

    Via Audible.As the author explains, the book is called Crusaders as the generic name of crusades was not applied to what was several conflicts over four centuries till much later .Thus the narrative i...