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Historical Atlas of the Crusades epub

by Angus Konstam


Historical Atlas of the Crusades epub

ISBN: 1904668003

ISBN13: 978-1904668008

Author: Angus Konstam

Category: History

Subcategory: World

Language: English

Publisher: Mercury Books (December 21, 2004)

Pages: 192 pages

ePUB book: 1959 kb

FB2 book: 1542 kb

Rating: 4.3

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Angus Konstam (born 2 January 1960) is a Scottish author and historian. Historical Atlas of Ancient Rome (2003). Born in Aberdeen, Scotland and raised on the Orkney Islands, he now resides in Edinburgh. He currently has over 70 books in print and is on the board of The Society of Authors in Scotland and board of Publishing Scotland Partial list of works. Historical Atlas of the Crusades (2002). Historical Atlas of Napoleonic Era (2003). Historical Atlas of Ancient Greece (2003).

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In November 1095, Pope Urban II called on Christian rulers and European knights to drive the Muslims from the Holy Land and reclaim Jerusalem for Christendom. The resulting wars lasted for more than three centuries, and their effects are still felt today, as conflicts between Christians and Muslims continue to flare throughout the world.

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In November 1095, Pope Urban II called on the Christian rulers and knights of Europe to drive the Muslims from the Holy Land and claim Jerusalem back for Christendom. Any Crusader who died in the attempt would be rewarded in Heaven. The response was overwhelming and launched a religious conflict that would last for over three centuries. The Crusades marked a turning point in European history, where the ‘primitive’ Frankish states of Western Europe first encountered the ‘civilized’ cultures of the Muslim world. With a Christian enclave carved out in the Middle East, the two cultures enmeshed in a clash where personal ambition and financial reward often overcame religious fervor. Started with pious intent, the Crusades degenerated into a bitter power struggle. This book chronicles the Crusading era and examines its cause, its development, and the people who fought for their faith and for themselves. The study by historian Angus Konstam chronicles their achievements, drawing on the latest historical evidence to weave a medieval tapestry of intense color.
This book lives up to its description as an "atlas"; it is nicely illustrated and most of the maps are very informative. As a description of the crusades it is somewhat less effective; the organization of the chapters is a little hard to follow, and there are a number of factual errors. When you look at the list of the author's other works, you realize that this book is just one of a "stable" of other historical atlases.
I was very pleased with this atlas. The maps are all in color and very detailed. I've been reading several book series that cover the time period from 1100 AD to 1500 AD. The maps in this text are very helpful and also the accompanying prose is very helpful to follow along what other things were happening in different parts of Europe.
This was not at all what I thought it would be. I thought there would be more maps and information included, but it was more of a shallow look at the crusades.
This book is so interesting to read and has some beautiful art work. Would buy again.
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Basically best approached as a primer on the crusades with a heavy lean to thumbnail text and lots of maps and photos this product is very useful to those just wanting a bare bones version of the Crusades. The size and style of the book is obviously aimed at the beginner or someone who doesn't want to delve into the minutiae of the period. The authors prose is quite simple and straightforward and this also will endear it to those with a less academic bent.

Of course with the word atlas in the titled you'd be correct in supposing there are plenty of maps and the like in the book. And indeed there are many showing the way the political map looked in the different stages of the period and also showing the locations of battles and troop movements. These are nicely presented - ie not full of clutter.

There are also a large number of photographs and illustrations - these range from photos of the ruins of points of interest to reproduced illuminations of texts and the like. There are also some actual illustrations of the different troop types the various armies deployed. In fact this book has a little of everything from discussion of the feudal system to the political machinations between the Holy Roman Emperor and the Papacy.

Of course in a work such as this you know straight away that you are not getting some academic tome. It is what it is and it's good at that. More serious armchair historians will want to head to other works to swot up on more in-depth knowledge.
This atlas might bedazzle many with its lavish maps and illustrations and apparent encyclopedic coverage of the crusades in Outremer (1096-1291), but close examination of its putative facts reveals just too many errors, all of them avoidable had its author devoted more energy and time to research.
Minor errors abound on almost every page. For example, on page 65 Konstam confuses the title (atabeg or governor) of the Turkish lord, Kerbogha, who besieged the crusaders at Antioch in 1098, with his given name. Hence we read, "as Atabeg's army surrounded the city." Although these errors irritate and mislead, they pale in comparison with the large number of just wrong-headed descriptions of certain crusades.
Two examples must suffice: Coverage of the Fourth Crusade (1202-1204) and the so-called Children's Crusade (1212). First the Fourth Crusade: The dates and arrows on the map of Constantinople that supposedly delineate the times and routes of attack on the city in July 1203 and April 1204 are, quite simply, wrong (p. 160). Moreover, many of the statements in the text that accompanies the map are either blatantly wrong or unsupported by the available evidence. Compare Konstam's thumb-nail sketch of the crusade with the most up-to-date and carefully-researched study of that same crusade: Donald E. Queller and Thomas F. Madden, The Fourth Crusade, 2nd. ed. (1997). Konstam's treatment of the so-called Children's Crusade fails largely because he is either ignorant of our overall ignorance of this folk movement or has chosen to hide this uncomfortable fact. Put simply, our sources are highly flawed, contradictory, and vague--at best. Nevertheless, Konstam presents a number of highly dubious, even mythic stories as fact without ever suggesting that we simply do not know the details of this crusade. Indeed, he does not even point out that the majority of crusade historians are now pretty much agreed that the the poor who engaged in this movement encompassed far more than just children. That is, the Latin term "puer" (child) was used to denote any person of the lower orders, regardless of age. If one, however, takes the illustration on pages 170-171 at face value, he/she cannot escape the conclusion that all of these "pueri" were prepubescent.
Similar howlers and oversights can be found thoughout this atlas in its coverage of other crusades and crusade phenomena. Anyone who wishes to consult a balanced and scholarly atlas of the crusades that also goes far beyond the narrow geographic and chronological limits of Konstam's work should turn to Jonathan Riley-Smith, ed., The Atlas of the Crusades (1991). This other atlas, the collaborative product of a large number of world-class crusade specialists, can largely be trusted to reflect the best of contemporary crusade scholarship. The same cannot be said of Konstam's effort.
Alfred J. Andrea
Professor Emeritus of History
The University of Vermont
Many books cover specific parts of the Crusades in much greater detail, but this book is perfectly described as an "Encyclopedia". It does well to describe in general terms the political issues and is spectacular in providing the strategic and geographical background.
In fact, the maps may be the best part of this book. Other more detailed books can be better understood with this as a companion just for the illustrations of where the cities were, the directions of the campaigns and the territories possessed. The geneology of the Princes of the Holy Lands and Muslim counter-parts is also nicely illustrated.
I also liked that Konstam avoided either the "political correctness" of an anti-Western/Christian point of view or a patriotic anti-Islam point of view that might be tempting in post 9/11. He points out massacres but does not add too much commentary. What would frankly be the point. In those ages, life was much more expendable, and to try to put everything in 20th Century morality would be pointless. He does offer commentary on - on how the actual campaigns strayed greatly from the lofty intentions of the Crusades, but that is very defendable and is not presented with a pompous/pious attitude.
This was my first Crusades book to actually read. If you are in the same situation - I highly recommend it.