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The Crusades: The World's Debate
The Crusades: The World's Debate
by Hilaire Belloc
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Belloc shows that the Crusades were a titanic struggle between Christian civilization and \"the Turk,\" savage Mongols who had embraced Islam. He explains the practical reasons why the Crusaders initially succeeded and why they ultimately failed then he... (read more)

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The Oxford History of the Crusades
The Oxford History of the Crusades
by Jonatha Riley Smith
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In this collection of essays, the story of the Crusades is told as never before in an engrossing and comprehensive history that ranges from the preaching of the First Crusade in 1095 to the legacy of crusading ideals and imagery that continues today... (read more)

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Crusades - Essential Histories Edition (01 Edition)
Crusades - Essential Histories Edition (01 Edition)
by David Nicolle
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Born amid immense suffering and bloodshed, the Kingdom of Jerusalem remained a battlefield for almost 200 years. The Crusades gave rise to the Military Orders of the Templars and Hospitallers, and were a backdrop to the careers of some of history's most... (read more)

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The Knights of Rhodes - The Palace and the City
The Knights of Rhodes - The Palace and the City
by Elias Kollias
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RHODES: HISTORICAL BACKGROUND; THE KNIGHTS OF RHODES, THE ORDER OF ST JOHN IN JERUSALEM; THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE KNIGHTS ON RHODES; COMPOSITION OF THE ORDER AND ADMINISTRATION: Social and Ethnic Composition; Central Administration, Officials; Collective... (read more)

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Civilization of the Middle Ages
Civilization of the Middle Ages
by Norman F Cantor
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Now completely revised and expanded, this comprehensive general history of the Middle Ages centers on medieval culture and religion rather than on political history, and retains the powerful narrative flow that made the earlier edition so accessible and... (read more)

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The Crusades: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
The Crusades: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
by Christopher Tyerman
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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... (read more)

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Medieval Household: Daily Living C.1150-C.1450 (Medieval Finds from Excavations in London)
Medieval Household: Daily Living C.1150-C.1450 (Medieval Finds from Excavations in London)
by Geoff Egan
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This book brings together for the first time the astonishing diversity of excavated furnishings and artefacts from medieval London homes. These include roofing and other structural items, decorative fixtures and fittings, and assortment of culinary... (read more)

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The Discovery of the Individual, 1050-1200
The Discovery of the Individual, 1050-1200
by Colin Morris
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Colin Morris traces the origin of the concept of the individual, not to the Renaissance where it is popularly assumed to have been invented, but farther back, to the spirituality and intellectually dynamic world of Europe in the twelfth century. First... (read more)

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The Medieval Village
The Medieval Village
by G G Coulton
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Renowned medievalist offers exceptionally detailed, comprehensive and vivid picture of medieval peasant life, including nature of serfdom, manorial customs, village discipline, peasant revolts, the Black Death, justice, tithing, games and dance, much... (read more)

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The Way of the Crusades
The Way of the Crusades
by Jay Williams
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Although the Crusades failed to achieve their military or religious objectives, these wars waged by Christian nations to recapture the Holy Land left the world with amazing legends that have endured for ages. The Way of the Crusades explores this... (read more)

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Western Europe in the Middle Ages 300-1475
Western Europe in the Middle Ages 300-1475
by Brian Tierney
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This chronological presentation of Western Europe in the Middle Ages provides the political, religious, intellectual, and economic history of the time. The revision of this classic, definitive text includes the latest historiography and more coverage of... (read more)

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Sailing from Byzantium: How a Lost Empire Shaped the World
Sailing from Byzantium: How a Lost Empire Shaped the World
by Colin Wells
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This fascinating intellectual adventure story takes readers back to the fall of a magnificent empire and beyond in order to reveal how a rich cultural heritage traveled the crossroads of history.... (read more)

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Secrets of the Knights Templar: The Hidden History of the World's Most Powerful Order
Secrets of the Knights Templar: The Hidden History of the World's Most Powerful Order
by Susie Hodge
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Informally organized in 1119 to protect pilgrims on their journeys to visit the Holy Land, and officially sanctioned by the Catholic Church in 1129, the medieval Knights Templar grew into an elite fighting force that played a central role in the battles... (read more)

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Medieval Thought: An Introduction
Medieval Thought: An Introduction
by B B Price
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Medieval Thought provides a clear and authoritative introduction to an important period in intellectual history. It studies the course of medieval intellectualisation, analysing how tension between the religious and non-religious components of medieval... (read more)

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The Crusades: The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land
The Crusades: The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land
by Thomas Asbridge
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The Crusades is an authoritative, accessible single-volume history of the brutal struggle for the Holy Land in the Middle Ages. Thomas Asbridge—a renowned historian who writes with “maximum vividness” (Joan Acocella, The New Yorker)&... (read more)

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Chivalry
Chivalry
by Maurice Keen
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Chivalry--with its pageants, heraldry, and knights in shining armor--was a social ideal that had a profound influence on the history of early modern Europe. In this eloquent and richly detailed book, a leading medieval historian discusses the complex... (read more)

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Life in a Medieval Village
Life in a Medieval Village
by Frances Gies
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This account of medieval villages emphasizes the daily life of peasants-their food, housing and family life; the threatening tensions between them and the lord of the manor; and the place of the Church in their lives.... (read more)

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The Knight, the Lady and the Priest: The Making of Modern Marriage in Medieval France
The Knight, the Lady and the Priest: The Making of Modern Marriage in Medieval France
by Georges Duby
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This ambitious study sets out to discover what marriage meant in the daily lives of the nobles of the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth centuries. Through entertaining anecdotes, family dramas, and striking quotations, Duby succeeds in bringing his subjects... (read more)

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Medieval Family
Medieval Family
by Frances Gies
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The Paston family of Norfolk, England, has long been known to medieval scholars for its large collection of personal correspondence, which has survived five centuries. Until now, however, they have remained virtually unknown to the general reading public.... (read more)

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The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time
The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time
by John Kelly
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A compelling and harrowing history of the Black Death epidemic that swept through Europe in the      mid-14th century killing 25 million people. It was one of the most devastating human disasters in history. The bodies were sparsely... (read more)

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