HOLY WAR

The Crusades and Their Impact on Today's World

Publisher: Anchor
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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In the Beginning There Was the Holy War. Why?

On November 25, 1095, at the Council of Clermont, Pope Urban II summoned the First Crusade. For Western Europe it was a crucial and formative event and it is having repercussions today in the Middle East. Addressing a vast crowd of priests, knights and poor...
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"A tour de force. . . . Any reader will come away from this book with a better frame of reference for assessing today's headlines."  —The Kansas City Star

"Holy War brings compassion, objectivity, breadth, and imagination to the most urgent crisis of our time."  —The Boston Phoenix

"Erudite, balanced, and lucidly written. . . . [Provides] a mine of useful information on Muslim-Western perceptions of each other. . . . An important book." —Library Journal