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    DescriptionReleased to coincide with a major BBC TV documentary series on the crusades presented by the author. In the eleventh century, a vast Christian army, summoned to holy war by the pope, rampaged through the Muslim world of the eastern Mediterranean, seizing possession of Jerusalem, a city revered by both faiths. Over the two hundred years that followed this First Crusade, Islam and the West fought for dominion of the Holy Land, clashing in a succession of chillingly brutal wars, both firm in the belief that they were at God's work. For the first time, this book tells the story of this epic struggle from the perspective of both Christians and Muslims, reconstructing the experiences and attitudes of those on either side of the conflict. Mixing pulsing narrative and piercing insight, it exposes the full horror, passion and barbaric grandeur of the crusading era. One of the world's foremost authorities on the subject, Thomas Asbridge offers a vivid and penetrating history of the crusades, setting a new standard for modern scholarship. Drawing upon painstaking original research and an intimate knowledge of the Near East, he uncovers what drove Muslims and Christians alike to embrace the ideals of jihad and crusade, revealing how these holy wars reshaped the medieval world and why they continue to echo in human memory to this day.


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    Title
    The Crusades
    Subtitle
    The War for the Holy Land
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Thomas Asbridge
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 800
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 54 mm
    Weight: 575 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781849836883
    ISBN 10: 1849836884
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1D
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3H
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Libri: ENGM2000
    BIC subject category V2: HBLC1
    BISAC V2.8: HIS010000, HIS037010
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15550
    BIC subject category V2: HBWC, 3H, 1D
    Libri: KREU3300, KREU5000, KREU8700, KREU8900, P0041643
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000
    DC23: 940.18
    Publisher
    Simon & Schuster Ltd
    Imprint name
    Simon & Schuster Ltd
    Publication date
    19 January 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Thomas Asbridge is Reader in Medieval History at Queen Mary University of London, and an internationally renowned expert on the history of the Crusades. His acclaimed The First Crusade is also available from Simon & Schuster.
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