A Brief History of the Crusades

April 5, 2021
A Brief History of the Crusades

Why did the medieval Church bless William of Normandy's invasionof Christian England in 1066 and authorise cultural genocide inProvence? How could a Christian army sack Christian Constantinoplein 1204? Why did thousands of ordinary men and women, led byknights and ladies, kings and queens, embark on campaigns offanatical conquest in the world of Islam? The word 'Crusade' camelater, but the concept of a 'war for the faith' is an ancient one.Geoffrey Hindley instructively unravels the story of the Christianmilitary expeditions that have perturbed European history, troubledChristian consciences and embittered Muslim attitudes towards theWest. He offers a lively record of the Crusades, from the MiddleEast to the pagan Baltic, and fascinating portraits of the majorpersonalities, from Godfrey of Bouillon, the first Latin ruler ofJerusalem, to Etienne, the visionary French peasant boy whoinspired the tragic Children's Crusade. Addressing questions rarelyconsidered, Hindley sheds new light on pressing issues surroundingreligious division and shows how the Crusades have helped to shapethe modern world and relations between Christian and Muslimcountries to this day.