No Crusade thread?
I recently finished 'The First Crusade: A New History' by Thomas Asbridge. Would highly recommend, it gives a brief account of the Crusader's motivations, but in general it mainly talks about their battles and journey to Jerusalem. It's well written and easily accessible.
Now I want to move on to the Iberian Reconquest because 'muh heritage', but I don't know what book to start with.
Oh, and are there any apologists for the Reconquista and Spanish Inquisition?
Heretics and moors not welcome.
What about pic related?
It's obviously biased, but how's the accuracy of the author's claims?
Try looking into "The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land" by Thomas Asbridge. He focuses mainly on the Third Crusade in that book
Warriors of God by Robert Spencer is another popular one, but it's closer to historical fiction than an actual history book. It's well written, but poorly researched
I'm very ignorant when it comes to the Crusades. As some one who has very little knowledge of what went down and really only knows it was a holy war between the Christians and Muslims where should I start?
Any good books or videos that give a good gist of it then I can branch off from there?
Isabel is good TV show. It's not focused on the Reconquest, but considering Isabella was a central figure in the Reconquista I think it's relevant here.
The episodes are pretty long though, each one is 1 hour, and there are three seasons each with 13 episodes.
I remember reading this because my grandfather a while back and I remember being really bad, and the author constantly talks about modern times and tries to relate the Crusades to the current war on terror in the 'best' (and weirdest) way possible. The one thing I remember is how he wants an American high school sports team to have a 'Crusader' name to signify America's proud Crusader (?) heritage or something.
Also I don't actually recall him ever mentioning the Byzantines, which is like the biggest sin you can do in regards to Crusades historiography. I can actually look for my grandfather's old copy to check at his house sometime but I really cannot recall him mentioning them once.
Asbridge's first crusade book is pretty good for a general overview. The first few chapters is about medieval life and their religious and political motivations.
The First Crusaders, 1095–1131 by Jonathan Riley-Smith is a book that focuses entirely on the motivations of the Crusaders.
Riley is also surprising sympathetic to the Crusader's cause, which isn't something I really expected from the academic circle, as they usually lean left.