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Crusades (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 18. Januar 2001

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The Crusades, as Zoe Oldenbourg describes them, were not simply a religious phenomenon, nor were they motivated by pure aggression. They were the result of an emotional climate which led people from all walks of life - rich and poor, saints and sinners - to leave their homes and follow the unattainable ideal of a heavenly Jerusalem here on earth. Zoe Oldenbourg evokes the whole structure of feudal society and reveals the remarkable vitality and ingenuity of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem, one of the more sophisticated achievements of the Middle Ages. Peopled with the great personalities behind the Crusades - Bohemond, Tancred, Peter the Hermit, Godfrey of Bouillon, Richard the Lionheart and Saladin.

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Zoe Oldenbourg was born in St Petersburg in 1916 and was educated at the Lycee Moliere and the Sorbonne in Paris. The author of a number of outstanding historical novels including The Cornerstone which won the Prix Femina in 1953.

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Scholarly Work, not for the lay reader. 30. November 2000
Von Charles C. Lowry - Veröffentlicht auf
Having read this book from its French translation, I was impressed with its clear prose. I would suggest this book to anyone looking for a in-depth, scholastic-minded work on the first three crusades; I would suggest another work for the lay reader, or someone without a wealth of knowledge on the subject already. The only problem is that while the work deals with the Islamic response to the Frankish invasion of the Holy land, it only takes a small portion of the book. The other trap the book falls in is an age old one for historical works: We are presented with quasi-fleshed out people, and the author aludes to great knolwledge while failing to translate that wealth of knowledge to paper. Still very informative and well worth reading. The author makes great use of period source documents, worth reading for this alone. If you can find a copy get it and treasure it.
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A Wonderful Overview 15. Oktober 2002
Von a grad student - Veröffentlicht auf
Format: Taschenbuch
Upon finishing the first half of this book, I soon found myself in a university library eagerly devouring smaller works on specific periods and figures that Oldenbourg introduced to me. I am a student of European history trying to narrow my interests before I apply to graduate school, and this book may prove very instrumental in guiding me toward the medieval period. It offers everything an inquisitive but largely uninformed reader could ask for-an even pace that piques the interest enough at every turn to inspire further inspection, lean but sufficiently detailed character sketches, a compelling narrative that provides minimal historiographical analysis, but enough to provoke the reader to draw his/her own conclusions... It also provides maps and illustrations, which are always a pleasant respite after mulling through hundreds of pages of prose.
One small complaint-the index and bibliography are light. This might be a non-factor, though, if you just want a thorough, solid account of an inherently interesting period of history to fulfill your personal interest. It's a good size at 700 or so pages, but I haven't come across a better overview of the first three crusades and believe me, I've been looking.
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A wonderful introduction to the Crusades for all ages. 26. Mai 1999
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Zoe makes the Crusades come alive. She is historically precise, but makes the characters and personalities involved come alive with anecdotes, insights, and analysis. This book is entertaining, engaging, and suitable for readers of all ages. The author is accurate without being dry, making the story of the Crusades interesting, entertaining, sometimes horrifying, and always human. Enjoy!
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Lively and Approachable 9. September 2005
Von Brian Bear - Veröffentlicht auf
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Zoe Oldenbourg's "The Crusades" was one of the first books I ever read about the subject, and still remains an unsurpassed introduction to the topic in my experience. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and it is still one of my favourites.

Oldenbourg covers the main events of the major Crusades, and informs the reader in great detail of the situation at hand. Oldenbourg gives a very detailed introductory account of the world and lives of the Crusaders. It will certainly give you enough to decide if you want to learn more on this fascinating topic, or just leave it with Oldenbourg's book.

As an initial introduction to the Crusades, "The Crusades" stands as one of the best available, and will keep you engrossed throughout.
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Bringing the crusades to life. 24. Januar 2006
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I thought reading this book would be a daunting dask, at 593 pages, on a subject that I knew nothing about, and considered dry. Was I wrong! Ms. Oldenbourg makes the crusades and the participants come alive. She imbues the participants with personality, so each individual is memorable, the reading better than any novel. From the blonde, blue eyed cunning soldier Bohemond to the tragic love triangle of Melisende, Fulk and Hugh, this book has it all. Scheming clerics, ambitious men, massacres, acts of superhuman strength, love, hatred. Not boring at all! And the great part is that it is not fiction. Well worth the read!
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