Armies of Heaven: The First Crusade and the Quest for Apocalypse

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Basic Books, 2011 - 402 Seiten
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At Moson, the river Danube ran red with blood. At Antioch, the Crusaders— their saddles freshly decorated with sawed-off heads—indiscriminately clogged the streets with the bodies of eastern Christians and Turks. At Ma'arra, they cooked children on spits and ate them. By the time the Crusaders reached Jerusalem, their quest—and their violence— had become distinctly otherworldly: blood literally ran shin-deep through the streets as the Crusaders overran the sacred city.

Beginning in 1095 and culminating four bloody years later, the First Crusade represented a new kind of warfare: holy, unrestrained, and apocalyptic. In Armies of Heaven, medieval historian Jay Rubenstein tells the story of this cataclysmic event through the eyes of those who witnessed it, emphasizing the fundamental role that apocalyptic thought played in motivating the Crusaders. A thrilling work of military and religious history, Armies of Heaven will revolutionize our understanding of the Crusades.

 

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Nutzerbericht  - stillatim - LibraryThing

I was surprised to see so many reviewers complaining that this book was dense- I thought it was almost too light. Rubenstein ends up doing a very nice job balancing scholarly respectability ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - Shrike58 - LibraryThing

The particular twist to this popular account of the First Crusade is the degree to which the author tries to recapture the apocalyptic mentality of the time in western Christianity, and which made ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Inhalt

The Popes Plan November 1095
17
The Princes the Prophets the People
33
The Road to Constantinople June 1096April 1097
55
The Crusaders at Constantinople
81
The Nicene Deal May 1097June 1097
101
Saracens Through a Glass Darkly
117
Enemy Country June 29 1097October 22 1097
127
The Siege of Antioch Begins
143
14
205
15
229
16
247
17
263
18
273
The Last Emperor July 1099
293
20
305
Acknowledgments
327

A Brief Account of Baldwin of Boulognes
161
The Fall of Antioch
185
13
199
A Note on Sources
339
Index
387
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Über den Autor (2011)

Jay Rubenstein is an Associate Professor of Medieval History at the University of Tennessee. A former Rhodes Scholar and MacArthur Fellow, he lives in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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