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The New Concise History of the Crusades: Critical Issues in World and International History | [Thomas F. Madden]

The New Concise History of the Crusades: Critical Issues in World and International History

How have the crusades contributed to Islamist rage and terrorism today? Were the crusades the Christian equivalent of modern jihad? In this sweeping yet crisp history, Thomas F. Madden offers a brilliant and compelling narrative of the crusades and their contemporary relevance.
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How have the crusades contributed to Islamist rage and terrorism today? Were the crusades the Christian equivalent of modern jihad? In this sweeping yet crisp history, Thomas F. Madden offers a brilliant and compelling narrative of the crusades and their contemporary relevance. Placing all the major crusades within their medieval social, economic, religious, and intellectual environments, Madden explores the uniquely medieval world that led untold thousands to leave their homes, family, and friends to march in Christ's name to distant lands. From Palestine and Europe's farthest reaches, each crusade is recounted in clear, concise narrative. The author gives special attention as well to the crusades' effects on the Islamic world and the Christian Byzantine East.

©2006 Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. (P)2014 Redwood Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

“In crystal-clear and economical prose, Madden does a superb job of exposition. As an introduction to the vast literature of the crusades, this is a jewel of a book.” (Washington Post Book World)

“Readers will owe Thomas Madden warm thanks for so clear an introductory account of so complex a phenomenon as a crusade.” (The Historian)

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    nicholas LEESBURG, VA, United States 05-30-14
    nicholas LEESBURG, VA, United States 05-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Overview of the Crusades and their Place In Histor"
    Where does The New Concise History of the Crusades rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is a great overview of the Crusades and their historical significance. By its own admission it is not extremely in depth which I think is helpful, it gives you an overview of the story. Some specific instances of battles and their consequences. It doesn't get bogged down in any minutia that some historians feel the need to do.

    I was very glad the book went into the the role the Mongols played in the Crusades whom I have studied quite a bit.

    The narrator did an excellent job and really kept the flow of the book going well. If you are like me and listen on the iOS Audible app at 2x or 3x speeds, Claton Butcher's voice easily handles the speed increase without sounding clipped.

    Enjoy this book.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Shanti 05-11-14
    Shanti 05-11-14

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    "Well done!"

    An unbiased history. It was easy to see the truth, the politics, greed, and desire for power behind it all. No fluff, no glory, just man being as full of his desires and ego as always.
    I enjoyed this work very much. Its a broad summary which plays out through a large length of time in one condensed book.
    The narration was very clear and pleasant. In my opinion narrating a book of this type is not easy but the narrator did a superb job.
    *This is my unbiased review via a promotional copy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Leavenworth, WA, United States 05-02-14
    Mark Leavenworth, WA, United States 05-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great balanced, historical view of the Crusades"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I found this very informative. It really gave an excellent historical account of the Crusades without some of the bias that so often accompanies such an account. Very well written, and great audio presentation!


    What does Claton Butcher bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I always enjoy Claton's narration. I find him very easy to listen to.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Trixie 10-11-14
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    "Reference book"
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    A great place to begin your study of the crusades. Very accurate and still readable by the new student. The book is relatively short for books on the crusader. It is a good reference book. Very interesting. The narrator was good narrating this audiobook.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Speed 1.5x or faster much better than normal speed"
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    At normal speed, it is almost intolerably plodding. At faster speeds, it is much, much better. I've listened to many Audible books, but never felt this way before.

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    MK Miller Frederick, MD United States 10-16-14
    MK Miller Frederick, MD United States 10-16-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Inexcusable!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sadly no. Thomas Madden is a respected historian and this is an important book. I have enjoyed many of his lectures given, of course, in his own voice. This book is all but ruined by the narrator. I'm at a loss to understand how anyone let him have the job! His cadence is slow and plodding, and he does not seem to understand what he's reading enough to give it proper inflection.This book should read like the exciting adventure story that it is. Instead I find my mind wondering off pretty frequently while trying to listen. Particularly grating is his pronunciation of any and all foreign (non-English) names. He butchers the French names in particular and his attempts at German are so bad - they sound like something out of a Porky Pig cartoon. Not kidding.Each time he stumbled over a name it was a distraction from the narrative. I have a degree in History and love listening to history books, but I am having a hard time getting through this one. Professor Madden ought to demand a do-over.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Claton Butcher’s performances?

    Never, ever, ever.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible - two words for you: Quality Control.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tony san antonio, TX, United States 07-10-14
    Tony san antonio, TX, United States 07-10-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Concise. Maybe too Concise?"

    I have long been a fan of Professor Madden's Modern Scholar lectures. This book is somewhat of a disappointment. It reads as if it is a list of facts.Event after event is listed with very little context until the all too brief conclusion that adds historical context. In fairness, Madden does present this volume as concise. It truly is extremely concise.

    A note on the narration. The narrator presents this book in a very lethargic tone that is hard to follow. He also adds emphasis to the last word of each sentence by elongating his pronunciation. The only way to listen is at an increased speed on your device.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Weuve Charlottesville, VA, USA 05-14-14
    Christopher Weuve Charlottesville, VA, USA 05-14-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Could have been so much more"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. The writing style is somewhat flat, and the storytelling is dry. There's little sense of the geography of the place, and how that affected options, beyond statements like "this coastal city was the key," without any explanation as to why. It's generally only of use to someone who already had a good understanding of the area.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Thomas F. Madden? Why or why not?

    I'd have to see it first.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was okay, but not great. There was something about the cadence of the narrator that made it all blend together. Worse, the constant and somewhat exaggerated foreign pronunciations made it EXTREMELY difficult to keep all of the Frenchmen straight.


    Do you think The New Concise History of the Crusades needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It doesn't need a follow-up so much as a replacement.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a topic I find fascinating, yet halfway through the book I am considering setting it aside. (Note: As I just said, I'm only halfway through it. Make of that what you will.)

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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