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Holy War: The Crusades and Their Impact on Today's World

Paperback - 27 November 2001
ISBN-13 : 9780385721400
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Karen Armstrong, bestselling author of A History of God, skillfully narrates this history of the Crusades with a view toward their profound and continuing influence.

In 1095 Pope Urban II summoned Christian warriors to take up the cross and reconquer the Holy Land. Thus began the holy wars that would focus the power of Europe against a common enemy and become the stuff of romantic legend. In reality the Crusades were a series of rabidly savage conflicts in the name of piety. And, as Armstrong demonstrates in this fascinating book, their legacy of religious violence continues today in the Middle East, where the age-old conflict of Christians, Jews, and Muslims persists.

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1 customer reviews Between 3−4 stars rating, 29 December 2017
Deep dive into the crusade
By: Antonius B.

We are regularly exposed to the highlights or key taglines of religous historical points...the crusades existed as chivalrous and bloody periods, the first immigrants to the United States were Puritan pilgrims escaping persecution. And some of us remember history in terms of wars and changes in political ideologies.. This book insightfully shows the evolution of modern history and parallels through a religious dimension! This added dimension results in a more thorough understanding of our past and possibly our future. It's like going from 2 dimensions to 3 dimensions...or like adding sound to sight. One of the striking items was the shift from discrimination against Jews in Europe... See More

to the significant support as Protestan and Puritan religions gained strength.. Another was these groups' encouragement of the Jewish groups that wanted to create Isreal...against the ideology of Jewish groups that were against the creation of Israel. And that these realities exist today with almost blind faith, as if they always existed..without controversy. Extremely interesting and insightful

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