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    DescriptionIn a series of massive military undertakings that stretched from 1095 to 1291, Christendom's armies won, defended, and lost the sacred sites of the Holy Land. Many books have been written about the Crusades, but until now none has described in detail what is was like to take part in medieval Europe's most ambitious wars. This vividly written book draws on extensive research and on a wealth of surviving contemporary accounts to recreate the full experience of crusading, from the elation of taking up the cross to the difficult adjustments at home when the war was over.Distinguished historian Norman Housley explores the staggering logistical challenges of raising, equipping, and transporting thousands of Christian combatants from Europe to the East, as well as the complications that noncombatant pilgrims presented. He describes the ordinary crusader's prolonged years of difficult military tasks, risk of starvation and disease, trial of religious faith, death of friends, and the spectre of heavy debt or stolen land upon arriving home. Creating an unprecedented sense of immediacy, Housley brings to light the extent of crusaders' sacrifices and the religious commitment that enabled them to endure.

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    Fighting for the Cross
    Crusading to the Holy Land
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Norman Housley
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 356
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 34 mm
    Weight: 789 g
    ISBN 13: 9780300118889
    ISBN 10: 0300118880

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP028
    Ingram Spring Arbor Market: Y
    Ingram Theme: RELI/CHRIST
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
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    BIC subject category V2: JWD
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    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Libri: I-HM
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET135
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MIDEST
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15520
    BISAC V2.8: REL015000, HIS010000
    B&T Approval Code: A13250000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    DC22: 909.07
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    B&T Approval Code: A13553030
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037010, HIS026000
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    B&T Approval Code: A44092000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027130
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAL
    BIC subject category V2: HBWC
    DC22: 940.18
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAL
    LC classification: D157 .H69 2008
    Thema V1.0: QRM, QRAX, NHD, NHWR, NHG, JWCD
    Illustrations note
    40 black & white illustrations + 20 colour images
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    11 November 2008
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    Norman Housley is professor of history and Head of the School of Historical Studies, University of Leicester. He is a world authority on the Middle Ages and on the Crusades in particular.
    Review quote
    "Housley demonstrates an effortless familiarity with a wide variety of primary sources, iconography, and secondary literature. . . . It essentially represents the state of crusade studies in the twenty-first century. . . . "Fighting for the Cross" will both inform and entertain students and the general public. At the same time the work is deeply grounded in the source material and current secondary literature about crusading. The fact that it covers so many topics concisely, but well, is what makes the book particularly valuable."--;i>Canadian Journal of History"--Laurence W. Marvin "Canadian Journal of History "