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As late as 1518, plans were laid by Pope Leo X and the monarchs of Europe to set aside their internal quarrels and once more embark on a holy crusade to wrest the Middle East from the Ottoman Turks. Finding accord and even enthusiasm for the enterprise, all was on course for a multiyear military campaign to push east from North Africa through Egypt and south through the Balkans to squeeze the Turks in a pincer movement and finally oust the Muslims from the Holy Land. The great plan, however, died when Europe was once again plunged into internal strife with the death of Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I, who had been a leader for the crusade.

For over 400 years, crusaders (those signed by the cross), out of Christian zeal, a declared love for their fellow man, and, in many cases, a simple desire for fortune, glory, and heavenly reward, marched to the Holy Land to battle both a real and perceived threat to their way of life and their religious beliefs. The story of the many crusades are filled with an unremitting passion to keep or return the home of Christianity to Christians. It is also filled with death, destruction, disorder, greed, avarice, and self-interest on all sides. Much of what occurred during the Crusades has come down to us today in the form of continued suspicion among religious ideologies - not only between Christians and Muslims, but also internally among Christian sects and, to some degree, among Muslim sects. There is certainly much to learn about our own history from a better understanding of the Crusades and what led so many to crusade. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Iwaswondering | 1/10/2011

    " Professor Madden does an excellent job of telling the story of the Crusades while weaving in details and background to the topic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ray | 7/27/2009

    " Brief history of the Crusades, without the excessive non-relevant mundane details some history books tend to give. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kevin | 3/19/2009

    " Details into the almost comical history of the crusades. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lee at All Ears | 3/5/2009

    " This is the third book by Thomas Madden that I have listened to and I have enjoyed all of them. He presents information in a very organized way and touches on many dimensions of his subject matter. AI would recommend this to any history buff. "

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