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The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Crusades (Complete Idiot's Guides)by Paul L Williams
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You’re no idiot, of course. You know the Crusades were a war between Christians and Muslims for control of the Holy Land. However, these bloody conflicts raged over centuries, under changing circumstances, making the whole story difficult to follow.
You don’t have to don armor and cross deserts to relive the Crusades! The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to the Crusades shows you why these wars began, why they continued for so long, and how their impact on the world still resonates. This Complete Idiot’s Guide® gives you:
--An introduction to the Dark Ages and the Renaissance, and why Pope Urban II would grant absolution to anyone who reclaimed the Holy Land for Christianity.
--The origins of such Holy Orders as the Knights Templar, the Hospitallers, and the Teutonic Knights—and the roles they played during the Crusades.
--The creation of such items as chastity belts, razors, stained glass, perfume, the crossbow, the compass, and public latrines.
--The nobles—Richard the Lion Heart, Louis IX, and Frederick II—and the Muslim leaders—Saladin, Zengi, and Nur ed-Din—who held the lives of thousands in their hands.
-- The Complete Idiot's Guide "RM" to the Crusades will present, perhaps for the very first time in book form, a lively and comprehensive overview of this colorful period in history from an expert in this field.<P>-- Rather than plow through hundreds upon hundreds of pages of dry, colorless text in other books on this subject, The Complete Idiot's Guide "RM" to the Crusades will present this information in an accessible format that will prove ideal for researchers, students, and serious historians.<P>-- The majority of books on the subject of the Crusades cover only certain aspects of this vast and multi-layered subject — the religious, historical, or medieval aspects. The Complete Idiot's Guide "RM" to the Crusades will cover all the bases in detail.<P>The Complete Idiot's Guide "RM" to the Crusades is a journey into the clash between Christianity and Islam in a two-hundred-year battle for the soul of man and the profits of trade. It was a time when western civilization brought the world such items as chastity belts, razors, stained glass, perfume, gunpowder, the compass, and even public latrines. The book will record every step of this 1,000-mile journey: the epic battles of Antioch, Jerusalem, and Acre and, ultimately, the battle for the souls of all men. It was a war that, in many ways, is still being fought today in various spots on the globe.
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