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I would prefer more military implications but it was interesting to learn how much Western culture is beholden to the Levant — particularly cruzadae day Syria — and the impact the Crusades had on medicine, ancient history and mathematics.

He was known cruadas a writer, orator, poet, satirist, man of letters, and political activist. Our religion is in peril, and who can be confident in the continued skill, let alone the continued obedience, of those who make and work our machines? Want to Read saving…. As a very minor criticism, I wish he would have covered the remaining Crusades to the Holy Land the Third through the Ninth.

Hilaire Belloc is never an easy read but pressing through is always well worth the challenge. It is not so. Belloc, an Anglo French writer, friend to G. Belloc thoroughly explains what lead the Catholics of Europe to start on the First Crusade, and why the Crusading effort ultimately failed.

The Crusades by Hilaire Belloc

Jun 13, Brian Reinholz rated it really liked it. Nov 16, Erik marked it as to-read Shelves: Lass rated crhzadas it was amazing May 20, Zeke Balan rated it it was ok Aug 03, Aug 06, Jimmy rated it really liked it Shelves: In the end, it a very good read.

The Crusades, by Hilaire Belloc, this book has all the benefits, and suffers all the problems of a book written in it’s era. Belloc dose write in the late Victorian style, so he can go off on to tangents, repeat himself and uses large words, and long passages, do not let this deter you.


The Crusades

Paperbackpages. Very informative, very opinionated, very hard to disagree with.

An excellent over all history of the economic, political and cultural ramifications of the Crusading movement to include the Baltics and Spain. He details how feudal Europe hampered the participants in truly organizing the Crusade against Islamic control over the Holy Land There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Many indict Christianity ccruzadas the Crusades. Jul 14, ValeriZentsov rated it really liked it. Dario rated it really liked it Feb 27, Belloc explains how the establishing of what was a monarchy of sorts, was the key to holding the Holy Land.

There lsa with us a complete cuzadas in religious doctrine Want to Read Currently Reading Read. To ask other readers questions about The Crusadesplease sign up. Lists with This Book. No trivia or quizzes yet. Matthew Gaul rated it really liked it Feb 08, A long book but fascinating and detailed in its scope. Aug 02, Ethan rated it liked it. Islam has not suffered this spiritual decline. In this book, he gives fascinating historical background re: One will gain a better, and I say, a more correct, more scholarly view of the Crusades and those who participated, more inline with modern real scholarly blloc, and less like the popular view.

He was a noted disputant, with a number of long-running feuds, but also widely regarded as a humane and sympathetic man. Jul 31, Curtis rated it it was amazing.

One should have a good Atlas bflloc maps of the Aegean and Near East as well as a good dictionary at hand. Jennifer Hill rated it really liked it Oct 26, Bellov from The Crusades. In the end, Islam finally organized under powerful vizier warriors, the greatest was Saladin, and regained control of the Holy Land. Islam essentially survives, and Islam would crhzadas have survived had the Crusade made good its hold upon the essential point of Damascus.


Nov 21, Jonathan added it Shelves: In spite of the Crusaders’ lack of truly cohesive leadership, Islam was even more fractured and subject to the arbitrary rise and fall of powerful viziers who held power until they were toppled by another more cunning or deceptive and more powerful. I wonder what Hilaire would have thought about the events of the last 20 or so years Exhilaratingly partisan analysis of the crusades. Return to Book Page. Preview — The Crusades by Hilaire Belloc.

Islam has not suffered this spiritual decline; and kas the contrast between [our religious chaos and Islam’s] religious certitudes still strong throughout the Mohammedan world lies our peril. He explains the practical reasons why the Crusaders initially succeeded and why they ultimately failed then he predicts the re-emergence of Islam, cruzadss Christendom failed to destroy it in the 12th century.

The initial Crusade was the most successful Crusade, and in spite of incredible hardships suffered due to the crusaders’ unfamiliarity of the land and people, they were successful in regaining control of Jerusalem and setting up a monarchy that held that area for almost 50 years.

Very interesting and informative Explained in a easy way to follow.

Belloc’s account of the final defeat of the Crusaders fighting against Islam was heartbreaking.