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The Crusades

By: Abigail Archer
Narrated by: Sarah Nichols
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Summary

Looking into the past, the Crusades seem incomprehensible. What combination of religious fervor, hatred of people of different faiths, and gall led Europeans of AD 1100 to make their way thousands of miles to conquer the Holy Land? Why did they continue for 200 years? How did the Crusades change the world?

The intriguing story is peppered with colorful characters. Over the centuries, this well-researched and written book argues, crusaders saw - and participated in - the evolution of warfare and the transformation of society from feudal fiefdoms to nations and empires. The story of the Crusades is a reminder, too, of the horrors wrought in the name of religion. The Crusades are seen by many Christians today as an exercise in fanaticism, an episode in which the teachings of Christ were used to justify the horrors perpetrated on innocents. That judgment is accurate, but not the whole story.

©2015 Abigail Archer (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Biased and boring.

This book paints a typically modern and lazy take on medieval history. The hypocrisy surrounding the Muslim forces in this period is exhausting. They are hailed as advanced and ethereal despite their obvious and relentless barbarism, plenty of which is ironically outlined in this book. To talk about the crusades and not have an understanding that these were defensive wars fought as a result of centuries of Islamic invasion and oppression is disgusting and even propagandistic. Even more astonishing are the conclusions Abigail has drawn for the crusades, suggesting they are underwhelming in comparison to the discovery of America or the renaissance. What a bizarre take, when the events within the crusades set the stage for these two historical events. A book suited for total novices in reading history and even then I wouldn't recommend it as its filled with strange modern political bias and dubious and contradictory conclusions.

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The woke version of the crusades, very preachy

At least it was short. You will learn how Western civilisation was inferior, how women were really in charge and of the origins of empire and cultural appropriation. It is very close to brainwashing.

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An EYEOPENER OR JUST BEING POLITICAL ???

If this is all true then Christianity needs to repent on behalf of what has happened in the past. On the other hand if it is a biased account trying to appease certain cultures because of political fears , I would be disappointed. The saying goes that the victor writes history

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  • Ky
  • 06-01-21

Good but hits pitfalls

This is a good book for an overall look at the Crusades. However, it sadly veers into the neo-western cliches that many books on this subject fall into. Western view used to demonize the Muslim world and sweep Christian atrocity under the carpet, neo-western does the opposite. The narrator almost chastises Christian forces while nearly praises cruel rulers like Baibars. She does mention that the Holy Land was a Christian population occupied by Muslim overlords at the First Crusade nor the infighting between Muslim factions. Basically, instead of being even, it praises Muslims and scolds Euro Christians. A good history on the Crusades simply recounts what happened without editorializing. There were atrocities, betrayal of creeds and civilian victims on both sides. Saladin hired Christians to help overthrough the Caliph and there were also times of Christian/Muslim harmony. It seems facts like these were omitted in an attempt to make Muslim society look civilized and Euro Christians look barbaric. This, sadly, is more modern spin than history...

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  • Yankee
  • 01-02-21

Bias!!!

OMG...The first sentences begin by daming Europeans 1000 years ago. Find a real historical book

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  • 31-10-21

Biased History

Such a short book was never going to be a really good choice for learning. The author has some totally incorrect information regarding the Muslims and the Latin levels of technological influence. The Arabs did not introduce the sphere model to Europe. The Greeks and Romans already had this knowledge a thousand years before. The vast majority of the so-called Muslim Golden Age was precipitated by Greek learning from the Eastern Romans who retained Greek learning. Go to YouTube and find RealCrusadesHistory for a much better Crusade specific history lesson.

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  • Keith Clare
  • 13-12-21

overall it was good

Overall it was a good listen. It did well condensing the Crusades into a listen that i finished in a day.

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  • A Hall
  • 07-07-21

Good introduction for study of the Crusades.

A good overview for learning about the Crusades before going into more in-depth research.

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  • Cherryl
  • 10-01-22

Can NOT support killing for religion!!

This book presents the acts of the crusades as positive for all peoples
Bullshit.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-01-22

Short & Informative

This book provides a basic primer on The Crusades, the motivations, the leaders, and ultimately the outcomes and a resolution. If you're a History major, or one who has extensively studied this period, this book might be a little too basic. If you are looking to get a general introduction or a refresher, this is the book for you.

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  • Fr. S.
  • 13-07-21

Short yet informative history of the Crusades

At first it did not keep my attention, but the early material became very helpful. The author interwoven important insights from more disparate components of history, thereby setting the Crusades in a wider context of European history.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-04-21

Interesting.

Very interesting. A great book to get the back ones of the crusades.

The narrator did a great job too!