The Crusades: An Illustrated History

By: Harpur, James

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To modern minds, the Crusades conjure up heroic knights in shining armor galloping into battle. Although there is some truth to this image, the reality was much harsher. Thousands of poor foot soldiers and peasants who tagged along behind the knights died of malaria, dysentery, leprosy, war wounds, or sheer exhaustion. There were also terrible acts of treachery and savagery committed by both sides--such as the bloodbath when the Crusaders took Jerusalem in 1099 and slaughtered every man, woman, and child until the victors were reportedly literally wading through blood. Drawing on contemporary accounts, the fruits of up-to-date scholarship, and a wide range of full-color illustrations, The Crusades captures the excitement and drama of the battles, sieges, grueling marches, and surprise ambushes. It unravels the webs of politics and ever shifting alliances; and it conjures up the heroes and villains, and what life was really like for the thousands of Franks, for whom "Outremer" was not so much a foreign land as a home. With maps to pinpoint the routes and places, a glossary of the leading personalities, and a chronology of events, The Crusades is the perfect one volume guide to the wars that became a legend.

Title: The Crusades: An Illustrated History

Author/Composer: Harpur, James

Categories: History Military/War,

Publisher: Thunder's Mouth Press: 2005-04-10

ISBN Number: 1560256990

ISBN Number 13: 9781560256991

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Type: Paperback

Seller ID: 007316

Description: Very Good Condition: Unmarked. Tight binding. Very minor visible cover wear. Minor visible outer soil including black marker line showing on outer page edges. Paperback book print book copy of The Crusades: An Illustrated History by James Harpur. The Two Hundred Years War: The Clash Between the Cross and the Crescent in the Middle East 1096-1291. French endflaps. New York: Thunder's Mouth Press (Avalon Publishing Group, Inc.), 2005. Printed in Dubai. 118 pages, illustrations, maps. 9-1/8 x 10-7/8 inches, 28 cm. Large book, shipping weight 2 pounds: Additional shipping fee may be requested on international order. From the book cover: During the Middle Ages the 200 year struggle between the Christian and Muslim worlds that centered on Palestine was one of the most unforgettable episodes in Western history. For the crusaders the prize was the liberation and settlement of Jerusalem and the Holy Land, which for hundreds of years had shimmered in the minds of European Christians as the most sacred place on earth. For the Muslims, on the other hand, the crusaders were not only the infidels but coarse, violent invaders, undoubtedly courageous and viriel, but nonetheless lacking the refinements of civilization. Discover the historical and religious background to the crusades, the dramtic battles and political intrigues, everyday live in Outremer (Syria and Palestine), the heroes and their rivalries, such as that between the English king Richard the Lionheart and the Muslim leader Saladin, great feats of courage and terrible acts of treachery and savagery. Free shipping on domestic orders $25 and over!

Keywords: Literature Nonfiction, Medieval History, Crusades, James Harpur, Illustrated History Books, ISBN 10 1560256990,