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The Crusades: A Very Short Introduction

Narrated by: Stephen Bowlby
Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
Categories: History, World
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An expert in the field of medieval studies, Christopher Tyerman’s richly detailed yet succinct overview, aside from providing historical context and insight into each one, eschews the Romantic view of The Crusades in favor of a more pragmatic approach in surmising what the true motivations were for these historic religious campaigns, the echoes of which still resonate to this day.

Narrator Stephen Bowlby’s robust, seasoned voice has an entrancing quality that will appeal to listeners seeking a firmer grasp on this fascinating period in human civilization.

Summary

With flair and originality, Christopher Tyerman presents a clear and lively discussion of the Crusades, bringing together issues of colonialism, cultural exchange, economic exploitation, and the relationship between past and present. He considers the effects of the Crusades on ordinary life in Western Europe, and the parts played by ordinary men and women in the conflict, and explores the term "Crusade" for contemporary political ends.

Whether the Crusades are regarded as the most romantic of Christian expeditions, or the last of the barbarian invasions, they have fascinated generations ever since, and their legacy of ideas and imagery has resonated through the centuries, inspiring Hollywood movies and great works of literature. In this audiobook, Tyerman skillfully weaves together one of the most extraordinary and vivid episodes in world history.

©2004 Christopher Tyerman (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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