Holy Warriors : A Modern History of the Crusades Paperback
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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 448 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 01/09/2010
- Category: Medieval history
- ISBN: 9781845950781
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Review by zen_923
This book is well-written and easily understood. I love the primary texts contained in the book as well as smooth story-telling of the history of the crusades. Even if I had read books and watched documentaries about the crusades, I still learned a lot of new things in this book. I definitely recommend this to everyone.