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Holy Warriors : A Modern History of the Crusades

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In his remarkable book, Jonathan Phillips explores the conflict of ideas, beliefs and cultures and shows both the contradictions and diversity of holy war. He draws on contemporary writings - on chronicles, songs, sermons, travel diaries and peace treaties - to throw a brilliant new light on people and events we thought we knew well. Although the notion of fighting for one's faith fell into disrepute in the Enlightenment, Phillips traces the crusading impulse from the bloody conquest of Jerusalem in the First Crusade and the titanic struggle between Richard the Lionheart and Saladin up to the present day - to George W. Bush's characterisation of the war on terrorism as a crusade.

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  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 36mm | 322.05g
  • 02 Sep 2010
  • VINTAGE
  • London
  • English
  • Illustrations, maps
  • 184595078X
  • 9781845950781
  • 127,848

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Author Information

Jonathan Phillips is Professor of Crusading History at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of The Second Crusade: Extending the Frontiers of Christianity (Yale University Press, 2007); The Fourth Crusade and the Sack of Constantinople (Jonathan Cape, 2004, also translated into Spanish, Russian, Greek and Japanese and nominated for the Hessell-Tiltman PEN Literary Prize); The Crusades, 1095-1197 (Longman, 2002); Defenders of the Holy Land, 1119-1187 (Oxford University Press, 1996) and the co-editor of three academic essay collections on the Crusades. Phillips is the co-editor of the academic journal Crusades and writes regularly for BBC History and History Today. He has made numerous radio and television appearances, including: Boris Johnson and the Dream of Rome (BBC2); The Crusades (with Rageh Omaar) in the Christianity series on Channel 4, and The Crescent and the Cross (History Channel).

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"Holy Warriors is not only very readable. Its skilful and detailed use of source material serves as a showcase of what is being done in this, the most intensively studied area of medieval historiography" -- Robert Irwin Literary Review "Elegant storytelling... Phillips delivers an excellent, compelling, flamboyant and refreshing history of the crusades and wonderful character sketches" -- Simon Sebag Montefiore Financial Times "Totally absorbing and magnificent history" Mail on Sunday, Boris Johnson "[An] engaging and sprightly book... Each chapter is telegenic, tele-visual even. We get vivid re-creations of places, personalities and events" -- CJ Tyerman Times Literary Supplement "He [Phillips] has a real gift for highlighting the picturesque and for bringing the past alive." "With its crisp management, accessible style and deft characterisation, this book stakes a strong claim to be the most appealing narrative account of the Crusades for a general audience." BBC History Magazine

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