Historicism of Christians and Muslims of the Crusades Pt. 2 — All Around the Western Front

Please visit my previous post, part 1, if you have not read it. What drives the opinions of President Obama and writer Adam Gopnik is the effect of the Enlightenment, Madden writes, “In a post-Enlightenment world, the concept of religious warfare is odious, largely because most people no longer believe one’s religious beliefs are relevant […]

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  1. You mention to books in your series, one by ‘Tyerman’ and the other by ‘Madden.’ Do you consider these both good introductions to the Crusades, and which book would you recommend on the topic for non-historians? I do like this series of articles.

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    1. The best introduction out of the two that I would recommend is the one written by Thomas F. Madden called “The Concise History of the Crusades.” It’s as it advertises is concise at 209 pages, but gives a great account on what happened up to the 13th century. In fact, the book gave me a better respect for St. Louis IX King of France.

      Christopher Tyerman’s account is far more detailed, and probably a better academic work, but the work is over 1000 pages. Honestly, if you wanted to read Madden’s account, you could use Tyerman’s account for a reference of events you’d like to know more about.

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