Armies of Heaven: The First Crusade and the Quest for Apocalypse

Basic Books, 1 nov. 2011 - 424 páginas
At Moson, the river Danube ran red with blood. At Antioch, the Crusaders -- their saddles freshly decorated with sawed-off heads -- indiscriminately clogged the streets with the bodies of eastern Christians and Turks. At Ma'arra, they cooked children on spits and ate them. By the time the Crusaders reached Jerusalem, their quest -- and their violence -- had become distinctly otherworldly: blood literally ran shin-deep through the streets as the Crusaders overran the sacred city.

Beginning in 1095 and culminating four bloody years later, the First Crusade represented a new kind of warfare: holy, unrestrained, and apocalyptic. In Armies of Heaven, medieval historian Jay Rubenstein tells the story of this cataclysmic event through the eyes of those who witnessed it, emphasizing the fundamental role that apocalyptic thought played in motivating the Crusaders. A thrilling work of military and religious history, Armies of Heaven will revolutionize our understanding of the Crusades.

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I was surprised to see so many reviewers complaining that this book was dense- I thought it was almost too light. Rubenstein ends up doing a very nice job balancing scholarly respectability ... Leer reseña completa

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The particular twist to this popular account of the First Crusade is the degree to which the author tries to recapture the apocalyptic mentality of the time in western Christianity, and which made ... Leer reseña completa


Jerusalem on Earth as It Is in Heaven
The Popes Plan
The Princes the Prophets the People
The Road to Constantinople
The Crusaders at Constantinople
The Nicene Deal
Saracens Through a Glass Darkly
Antioch to Maarra
Trial by Fire
Seeking a New Apocalypse
The Last Emperor
Ascalon the Sixth Battle
Conclusion The NeverEnding Apocalypse

Enemy Country
A Troubling Victory
A Brief Account of Baldwin of Boulognes Adventures
The Battle
The Fall of Antioch
A Note on Sources
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Jay Rubenstein is an Associate Professor of Medieval History at the University of Tennessee. A former Rhodes Scholar and MacArthur Fellow, he lives in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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