Crusade myths

Here is a good, short webpage debunking some widely-held myths about the Crusades. The author is Thomas F. Madden, a professional historian.

Some of the myths he debunks:

Myth 1: The Crusades were wars of unprovoked aggression against a peaceful Muslim world.

Myth 3: When the Crusaders captured Jerusalem in 1099 they massacred every man, woman, and child in the city until the streets ran ankle deep with the blood.

Myth 5: The Crusades were also waged against the Jews.

And while we’re at it, take a gander at Professor Madden’s review of the recent film “Kingdom of Heaven.”


3 Responses

  1. Let me guess, his analysis is that the “evil Muslims” were the ones who instigated the Crusades, and “only got what they deserved”, and if it weren’t for the noble Christians, all of the Western World would be practicing the religion of the “barbarian saracen”?

  2. Let me guess …

    You don’t have to guess; you can read it for yourself. But to answer your question: no, that isn’t his analysis. Why would you assume it is?

  3. In Madden’s book ‘A New Concise History of the Crusades’ he does speculate on whether the islamic powers would have conquered Europe had it not been for the instability the crusader states brought to the region. The fact is they came close several times.

    Madden believes it did by Europe some time but think whether the resources expended would have been of more use at home. However, he also suggests that without a common enemy the west probably would have turned their swords on each other.

    The crusades bought some time for Europe to grow, but in reality events like the Mongol invasion did more to occupy the Islamic powers.

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