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  • Published: 3 September 2015
  • ISBN: 9780141970158
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook

How To Plan A Crusade




Thousands left their homelands in the Middle Ages to fight wars abroad. But how did the Crusades actually happen? From recruitment propaganda to raising money, ships to siege engines, medicine to the power of prayer, this vivid, surprising history shows holy war - and medieval society - in a new light.

A lively and compelling account of the very business of going on crusade and a one-off portrait of the Middle Ages

The seismic changes in European and Middle Eastern civilizations initiated by the First Crusade and its successors are themselves so compelling that most writers move quickly from describing the Pope's calls to arms to the battlefield. In this highly original and enjoyable new book, Christopher Tyerman focuses on something obvious but overlooked: the business of going on crusade. The sheer novelty of thousands of armoured men leaving their lands and families in Western Europe and marching off to a highly uncertain future in the Holy Land is in itself as dramatic a story as the sieges and battles themselves. How to Plan a Crusade is fascinating on equipment, voyages, money, weapons, credit, wills, ransoms, animals, and the power of prayer. It brings to life an extraordinary era in a novel and surprising way.%%%The seismic changes in European and Middle Eastern civilizations initiated by the First Crusade and its successors are themselves so compelling that most writers move quickly from describing the Pope's calls to arms to the battlefield. In this highly original and enjoyable new book, Christopher Tyerman focuses on something obvious but overlooked: the business of going on crusade. The sheer novelty of thousands of armoured men leaving their lands and families in Western Europe and marching off to a highly uncertain future in the Holy Land is in itself as dramatic a story as the sieges and battles themselves. How to Plan a Crusade is fascinating on equipment, voyages, money, weapons, credit, wills, ransoms, animals, and the power of prayer. It brings to life an extraordinary era in a novel and surprising way.%%%A lively and compelling account of how the crusades really worked, and a revolutionary attempt to rethink how we understand the Middle Ages

The story of the wars and conquests initiated by the First Crusade and its successors is itself so compelling that most accounts move quickly from describing the Pope's calls to arms to the battlefield. In this highly original and enjoyable new book, Christopher Tyerman focuses on something obvious but overlooked: the massive, all-encompassing and hugely costly business of actually preparing a crusade. The efforts of many thousands of men and women, who left their lands and families in Western Europe, and marched off to a highly uncertain future in the Holy Land and elsewhere have never been sufficiently understood. Their actions raise a host of compelling questions about the nature of medieval society.

How to Plan a Crusade is fascinating on diplomacy, communications, propaganda, the use of mass media, medical care, equipment, voyages, money, weapons, credit, wills, ransoms, animals, and the power of prayer. It brings to life an extraordinary era in a novel and surprising way.%%%A lively and compelling account of how the crusades really worked, and a revolutionary attempt to rethink how we understand the Middle Ages The story of the wars and conquests initiated by the First Crusade and its successors is itself so compelling that most accounts move quickly from describing the Pope's calls to arms to the battlefield. In this highly original and enjoyable new book, Christopher Tyerman focuses on something obvious but overlooked: the massive, all-encompassing and hugely costly business of actually preparing a crusade. The efforts of many thousands of men and women, who left their lands and families in Western Europe, and marched off to a highly uncertain future in the Holy Land and elsewhere have never been sufficiently understood. Their actions raise a host of compelling questions about the nature of medieval society. How to Plan a Crusade is fascinating on diplomacy, communications, propaganda, the use of mass media, medical care, equipment, voyages,

  • Published: 3 September 2015
  • ISBN: 9780141970158
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook

About the author

Christopher Tyerman

Christopher Tyerman is a Fellow in History at Hertford College, Oxford, and a lecturer in Medieval History at New College, Oxford. He is the author of England and the Crusades and The Crusades: A Very Short Introduction.

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