Historical Atlas Of The Crusades: by- Angus Konstam
It is 1097. Some 150,000 knights, infantry, engineers, and camp followers, under the leadership of a squabbling gang of European princes, turn their faces to the east. The enemy is Islam. The goal is the recovery of the Holy Land for Christianity. But the real lures for the Warriors of the Cross are fame, glory, money, and land. So begins the 200 years of religious
fervor we know as the Crusades.
This is a story of chivalry, goodness, cruelty, humility, folly, and arrogance and above all, territorial greed. On the Christian side Franks, Germans, Normans, Spanish, and Byzantines and on the Muslim side Turks, Kurds, Arabs, and Egyptians alike fought a holy war of appalling ferocity that raged up and down the length of the eastern Mediterranean coast,
devastating everything in its path.
Historical Atlas of the Crusades examines this fascinating chronicle of treachery and bravery from both Christian and Muslim points of view. The lively text-lavishly illustrated by beautiful photographs, medieval illuminations, and maps-brings into sharp focus the time of the Crusades-its aspirations and its ultimate heroic failure.
Size: 30.5 x 23 x 1.9 cm