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The Crusades in 100 Objects (Hardback)

The Great Campaigns of the Medieval World

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By James Waterson
Frontline Books
Series: In 100 Objects
Pages: 256
Illustrations: 150 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781526795304
Published: 16th November 2021



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For half a millennium, throughout almost the entire medieval period, the Catholic church sanctioned military campaigns against what it perceived as its enemies. The rise of Islam and its spread across large parts of the Middle East, Asia, North Africa and even the peripheries of Europe, saw Muslim warriors seize the Holy Land, occupy Jerusalem and threaten Constantinople. In response, Pope Urban II advocated a crusade to retake the Holy Land – the first of nine military campaigns that stretched over the succeeding 200 years.

Other, lesser-known crusades were subsequently mounted with the aim of Christianising the more remote regions of northern and north-eastern Europe, as well as against the Cathars in southern France. The advance of the Ottomans into the Balkans saw further crusades to halt the Muslims in Bosnia and Serbia, and the re-conquest of Spain from the Muslim Moors.

Such diverse theatres of conflict have resulted in an equally diverse number of relics still to be found in a score of countries. From magnificent castles, swords, artillery and coats of arms, to Crusader-struck coins and even the brass pen box used by Muslim writers to spread the word of Islam, this remarkable collection of artefacts and structures tells the story, much of it largely forgotten, of the conflicts which shaped the nature of the Western World known today, both in spiritual and geographical terms.

Beautifully illustrated and written by acknowledged period expert James Waterson, The Crusades in 100 Objects opens a window into the past as never seen before.

The book is well-written and informative, and the beautiful photographs of the objects make it a pleasure to read.

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Medieval Sword School

"This book will appeal to people who know the Crusades or who wish to learn a bit more".

The Society for Medieval Archaeology - Medieval Archaeology journal vol 66.2 (Dec 2022)

An impressive volume to simply browse through (and enjoying each full color photography of showcased crusade-related objects of all kinds), "The Crusades in 100 Objects: The Great Campaigns of the Medieval World" is an extraordinary and informative approach to obtaining an overview of the age of the European crusades.

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Midwest Book Review

This is a lovely book both inside and out, the front cover design is great and makes me want to read it. Plus on the inside, there are some very beautiful photographs of some lovely objects. Although the book is obviously very much about objects, I have learnt quite a lot about the various stories about the people and the geographical area. Also although the actual places might no longer be available, and I did think the same would apply to the objects, it was surprising how many items have survived the many years to now. This is a really good book I can definitely recommend and I would say you would have to be a fan of the period to enjoy it.

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UK Historian

I enjoyed The Crusades in 100 Objects by James Waterson a lot. It has some pretty surprising objects, including new ones… and by new I mean 21st century objects which are related to the crusades nonetheless. That was a lovely surprise and I think it added an extra layer to the book. The objects are well presented with good quality and clear pictures, and many of them (if not all) have more than one picture too, which is great.

5 stars

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About James Waterson

James Waterson is a graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He worked and taught in the United States and China for a number of years and now lives in Italy where he is writing a book he knows he will never finish on Bohemond of Taranto. The Knights of Islam was his first book on an historical subject.

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