How to Plan a Crusade by Christopher Tyerman audiobook

How to Plan a Crusade: Religious War in the High Middle Ages

By Christopher Tyerman
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Blackstone Publishing 9781681775241
13.89 Hours Unabridged
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A spirited and sweeping 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 remarkably illuminating on the diplomacy, communications, propaganda, use of mass media, medical care, equipment, voyages, money, weapons, wills, ransoms, animals, and the power of prayer during this dynamic era. It brings to life an extraordinary period of history in a new and surprising way.

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A spirited and sweeping 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 remarkably illuminating on the diplomacy, communications, propaganda, use of mass media, medical care, equipment, voyages, money, weapons, wills, ransoms, animals, and the power of prayer during this dynamic era. It brings to life an extraordinary period of history in a new and surprising way.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A quirky niche book that descends into obscure, even humdrum areas and makes them interesting…A pleasure.” New York Times Book Review
“An impressive and lively book, laced with wry asides and enough surprising details to pique the general reader.” Guardian (London)
“Fascinating not just for what it has to tell us about the Crusades but for the mirror it holds up to today’s religious extremism.” Mail on Sunday (London)
“His deeply researched study is dedicated to exploring the relationship between human reason and religious war in all its aspects―justification, propaganda, recruitment, finance, logistics―to show us how ‘reason made religious war possible.’” London Review of Books
“Tyerman provides a compelling, vivid sense of a lively, pragmatic, driven, and highly organized society.” Kirkus Reviews
“Intriguing. Recommended for scholars and medieval history aficionados.” Library Journal

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Author

Author Bio: Christopher Tyerman

Author Bio: Christopher Tyerman

Christopher Tyerman is professor of the history of the Crusades at the University of Oxford; fellow and tutor in history at Hertford College, Oxford; and lecturer in medieval history at New College, Oxford. He has written extensively on the Crusades in British publishing, including God’s War: A New History of the Crusades and The Debate on the Crusades. He is also the editor of the Penguin Classics edition of the Chronicles of the First Crusade.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 13.89
Audience: Adult
Language: English