Gods War: A New History Of The Crusades

Paperback | October 30, 2007

byChristopher Tyerman

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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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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 wo...

Christopher Tyerman is a Fellow in History at Hertfod College, Oxford, and a Lecturer in Medieval History at New College, Oxford. He is the author of England and the Crusades.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:1056 pages, 7.75 × 5 × 1.85 inPublished:October 30, 2007Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140269800

ISBN - 13:9780140269802

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good book, frustrating references This is a great book. It is easy to read, informative, and well researched. Unfortunately the publisher decided to put the references into endnotes rather than the standard (in history) footnotes. Because this book is 1000+ pages it is very awkward to be flipping back and forth to see the reference. Footnotes are usually avoided because they distract the casual reader but this book is definitely written for an academic audience as the casual reader will not read a 1000 page history book.
Date published: 2009-08-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from unreadable. this book is calling for more editing, poor writing style just leaves you bogged down, would not recommend.
Date published: 2008-11-15