Holy Warriors: A Modern History of the Crusades (Paperback)
  • Holy Warriors: A Modern History of the Crusades (Paperback)

Holy Warriors: A Modern History of the Crusades (Paperback)

Paperback 448 Pages / Published: 02/09/2010
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In his remarkable book, Jonathan Phillips explores the conflict of ideas, beliefs and cultures and shows both the contradictions and diversity of holy war. He draws on contemporary writings - on chronicles, songs, sermons, travel diaries and peace treaties - to throw a brilliant new light on people and events we thought we knew well. Although the notion of fighting for one's faith fell into disrepute in the Enlightenment, Phillips traces the crusading impulse from the bloody conquest of Jerusalem in the First Crusade and the titanic struggle between Richard the Lionheart and Saladin up to the present day - to George W. Bush's characterisation of the war on terrorism as a crusade.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781845950781
Number of pages: 448
Weight: 321 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 28 mm

Holy Warriors is not only very readable. Its skilful and detailed use of source material serves as a showcase of what is being done in this, the most intensively studied area of medieval historiography -- Robert Irwin * Literary Review *
Elegant storytelling... Phillips delivers an excellent, compelling, flamboyant and refreshing history of the crusades and wonderful character sketches -- Simon Sebag Montefiore * Financial Times *
Totally absorbing and magnificent history * Mail on Sunday, Boris Johnson *
[An] engaging and sprightly book... Each chapter is telegenic, tele-visual even. We get vivid re-creations of places, personalities and events -- CJ Tyerman * Times Literary Supplement *
He [Phillips] has a real gift for highlighting the picturesque and for bringing the past alive." "With its crisp management, accessible style and deft characterisation, this book stakes a strong claim to be the most appealing narrative account of the Crusades for a general audience. * BBC History Magazine *

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