Contesting the Crusades Paperback – Illustrated, Feb. 24 2006
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- Paperback : 216 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1405111895
- ISBN-13 : 978-1405111898
- Product Dimensions : 15.37 x 1.78 x 23.11 cm
- Publisher : Wiley-Blackwell (Feb. 24 2006)
- Item Weight : 324 g
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,918,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
"This is a brilliant book. It is easily the best treatment of the historiography of the crusades." Jonathan Riley-Smith, University of Cambridge
"This first instalment of Blackwell's 'Contesting the Past' series is an impressive showing. The author provides an excellent up-to-date survey of Crusade studies, and even offers suggestions for further investigation. Highly recommended." Choice
"An excellent survey of debates and historiography, concentrating on work produced within the last fifty years. Housley provides a clear guide based on an enviable command of the literature, and for this we owe him a great debt of gratitude." The International History Review
“Lively, lucid and stimulating … [A] highly readable book.” English Historical Review
“Norman Housley has succeeded brilliantly in providing such a book; it is accessible, concise, and comprehensive."
"Housely's book should be at the very top of the reading list of anyone teaching the crusades." History
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Drawing on 30 years’ experience, Housley steers readers through the key historical debates. Almost every aspect of the long and complex history of crusading has been the subject of energetic discussion, and Housley’s account addresses issues ranging from the definition of ‘crusade’, through the origins and character of the First Crusade, to problems explaining and interpreting the later crusades.
The author also reviews two debates that relate to the entire crusading experience: the intentions and motivations of the crusaders; and what the consequences of crusading were for European society and government in the Middle Ages, and for the relationship between Catholic Christianity and other faiths.