By Jay Rubenstein
At Moson, the river Danube ran purple with blood. At Antioch, the Crusaders their saddles freshly embellished with sawed-off headsindiscriminately clogged the streets with the our bodies of japanese Christians and Turks. At Ma’arra, they cooked childrens on spits and ate them. by the point the Crusaders reached Jerusalem, their questand their violence had turn into pretty otherworldly: blood actually ran shin-deep during the streets because the Crusaders overran the sacred city.
starting in 1095 and culminating 4 bloody years later, the 1st campaign represented a brand new form of battle: holy, unrestrained, and apocalyptic. In Armies of Heaven, medieval historian Jay Rubenstein tells the tale of this cataclysmic occasion in the course of the eyes of these who witnessed it, emphasizing the basic position that apocalyptic suggestion performed in motivating the Crusaders. an exciting paintings of army and non secular historical past, Armies of Heaven will revolutionize our knowing of the Crusades.
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