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  • Published: 1 November 2010
  • ISBN: 9781845950781
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $29.99
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Holy Warriors

A Modern History of the Crusades



A vivid and original history of the Crusades - from the middle ages to the present day.

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.

  • Published: 1 November 2010
  • ISBN: 9781845950781
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $29.99
Categories:

About the author

Jonathan Phillips

Jonathan Phillips is Professor of Crusading History at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of Holy Warriors: A Modern History of the Crusades; The Second Crusade: Extending the Frontiers of Christianity;The Fourth Crusade and the Sack of Constantinople; The Crusades, 1095-1197; Defenders of the Holy Land, 1119-1187 and the co-editor of three academic essay collections on the Crusades. Phillips is the co-editor of the academic journal Crusades, writes for BBC History and History Today and has made numerous radio and television appearances.

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Praise for Holy Warriors

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

With a dramatist's panache, Jonathan Phillips brings the leading characters and most suspenseful episodes of the Crusades to riveting life, even rendering figures such as Richard the Lionheart and Saladin fresh again...the violence, insanity, courage and belief here make for irresistible reading

Benjamin Evans, Sunday Telegraph

Concise, character-driven and draws modern parallels

Telegraph

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