Fighting for Christendom: Holy War and the Crusades

Fighting for Christendom Holy War and the Crusades The image of the Crusaders chain mailed knights on horseback bearing crosses on banners fighting for their faith under an alien sun occupies a familiar niche in modern western culture Yet despite th

  • Title: Fighting for Christendom: Holy War and the Crusades
  • Author: Christopher Tyerman
  • ISBN: 9780192803252
  • Page: 293
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The image of the Crusaders chain mailed knights on horseback, bearing crosses on banners, fighting for their faith under an alien sun occupies a familiar niche in modern western culture Yet despite their powerful hold on our imaginations, the Crusades remain obscured and distorted by time In Fighting for Christendom, Christopher Tyerman picks his way through many mythThe image of the Crusaders chain mailed knights on horseback, bearing crosses on banners, fighting for their faith under an alien sun occupies a familiar niche in modern western culture Yet despite their powerful hold on our imaginations, the Crusades remain obscured and distorted by time In Fighting for Christendom, Christopher Tyerman picks his way through many myths and misconceptions to present a vivid portrait of the Crusades, both the historical events themselves and their posthumous role in Western and Middle Eastern thought Were the Crusaders motivated by spiritual rewards, or by greed for power and wealth Was the papacy imposing order and uniformity on Christendom, or defending itself from the infidel enemy Were the Crusades an experiment in European colonialism, or a manifestation of religious persecution or ethnic cleansing To answer these questions, Tyerman examines the many military operations between 1095 and 1500 that fall under the heading of Wars of the Cross Beginning with Pope Urban II s dramatic appeal in 1095, Tyerman ranges from the First Crusade a campaign unrivalled in impact to the massive expedition lead by Frederick Barbarossa which ended suddenly when he drowned crossing a river , to the crusade that pitted King Richard I of England against Saladin Tyerman also discusses lesser expeditions, including the Peasants , Children s, and Shepherds Crusades Throughout the book, he clarifies issues of colonialism, cultural exchange, economic exploitation, and the relationship between past and present The Crusades are among the most dramatic mass movements in world history Fighting for Christendom illuminates these remarkable events with uncommon flair and originality.

    One thought on “Fighting for Christendom: Holy War and the Crusades”

    1. An interesting if quick read. It's hard to form and defend an opinion (in >300 small format pages) about events that encompass around 500 years of history. However Tyerman has an interesting look on the period and the way it continues to influence the East and West today.I didn't expect the author to show such passion on certain matters from the history of 20th century Europe. Then again I didn't feel that Tyerman took a side while doing his research and writin his book but if he showed such [...]

    2. Excellent (though general) overview of the crusades and the misconstrued interpretations that tend to permeate modern rhetoric.

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