The Crusaders: The War for the Holy Sepulchre
By Alfred J. Church. Too many people think the Crusades were “bald Christian aggressions against the Muslims of the Mideast.”
Here is a wonderful retelling of the stories of the First, Third and Eighth Crusades, narrated by a fictional “wandering Jew” (cursed to live until the Second Coming of Christ).
This classic work takes the reader on an epic rollercoaster ride of the triumphs, tribulations and ultimate defeat of the European counterattack against the rampant Muslim aggression that had seized the Christian lands in the Mideast—lands that had been Christian for hundreds of years before Muhammad was even born!
The author explains how the Islamic military conquest of huge areas of the Byzantine empire sparked off the call to crusade, and then weaves the story of some of the most famous characters and events of the Crusades.
From the dizzying successes of the First Crusade—the siege and fall of Antioch and the fall of Jerusalem—to the recapture of Jerusalem by the Muslims, the reader will meet the major characters of the time: Richard Lionheart, Duke Godfrey (Norman warrior and first king of Jerusalem), Saladin, King Louis of France and others.
The reader also discovers the full tragedy of the ill-fated “Children’s Crusade” and much more.
Softcover, 175 pages