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  • The Real History of the Crusades

    09/09/2004 5:48:30 PM PDT · by NotchJohnson · 14 replies · 868+ views
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 4/2/02 | Thomas F. Madden
    With the possible exception of Umberto Eco, medieval scholars are not used to getting much media attention. We tend to be a quiet lot (except during the annual bacchanalia we call the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, of all places), poring over musty chronicles and writing dull yet meticulous studies that few will read. Imagine, then, my surprise when within days of the September 11 attacks, the Middle Ages suddenly became relevant. As a Crusade historian, I found the tranquil solitude of the ivory tower shattered by journalists, editors, and talk-show hosts on tight deadlines eager to...
  • Real History Of The Crusades,The

    08/09/2014 1:09:08 PM PDT · by EBH · 60 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | Thomas F. Madden
    As a Crusade historian, I found the tranquil solitude of the ivory tower shattered by journalists, editors, and talk-show hosts on tight deadlines eager to get the real scoop. What were the Crusades?, they asked. When were they? Just how insensitive was President George W. Bush for using the word "crusade" in his remarks? With a few of my callers I had the distinct impression that they already knew the answers to their questions, or at least thought they did. What they really wanted was an expert to say it all back to them. For example, I was frequently asked...
  • Reluctant Crusader: Chivalry where you’d least expect it(National Review reviews Kingdom of Heaven)

    05/06/2005 10:52:52 AM PDT · by Strategerist · 48 replies · 1,227+ views
    National Review Online ^ | May 6, 2005 | Steve Beard
    Deceit vs. valor, murder vs. mercy, courage vs. cowardice, faith vs. uncertainty. Throw in a horrendous case of leprosy, brutal sword fights, the cross of Christianity, and the crescent moon of Islam, and you have a glimpse into Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven — a 130-million-dollar epic about the Crusades. Set in 1184, between the second and third of eight crusades, the film focuses on a time of uneasy truce in Jerusalem when Christians, Muslims, and Jews were able to worship and pray at their holy sites. Not intending to be a documentary, Kingdom of Heaven is an elegant drama...
  • The Crusades: The truth makes a difference

    05/05/2005 6:44:59 AM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 31 replies · 1,081+ views
    Denver Catholic Register ^ | 4 May 2005 | Most Rev Charles J. Chaput O.F.M. Cap.
    The Crusades: The truth makes a difference Christians obligated to keep alive the real facts of real history Nearly 250 people showed up at the John Paul II Center last week — double the number we expected — for a history lesson. They filled the seats, lined the walls and then spilled out of Rooms 123-125 and jammed the corridor outside. Why did they show up? They came to hear a talk about the Crusades. But why did they really show up? I think they wanted to recover something they sensed had been stolen from them: their memory. Anyone who...
  • The Crusades Remembered

    11/26/2005 2:18:48 PM PST · by eleni121 · 28 replies · 1,097+ views
    Assyrian International News Agency ^ | 11-26-2005 | Priyadarsi Dutta
    (AINA) -- History Channel (India) and History Channel (Australia) recently telecast a two-part documentary titled 'The Crusades: the Crescent and the Cross' based on the history of first three and major Crusades (1096-1099, 1144-1148, and 1189-1193 AD) out of eight undertaken in the Middle Ages to reclaim Jerusalem for Christendom. Today it has become imperative for the West to remember the Crusades more than the World War II. A reinvented Fascism and Nazism are unlikely to present a threat to West; but radical Islam is almost sure to do that. From 9/11 and London explosions to recent New Delhi triple...
  • Crusade of Controversy (Boycott anti-Christian 'Kingdom of Heaven?)

    05/06/2005 8:41:56 PM PDT · by GulliverSwift · 80 replies · 1,668+ views
    Washington Times ^ | May 6, 2005 | Scott Galup
    All Ridley Scott wanted to do was make a movie about a medieval knight.... Months before that, Jonathan Riley-Smith, an ecclesiastical professor and Crusades expert at Cambridge University, had the opposite take. "It's Osama bin Laden's version of history," he told London's Daily Telegraph newspaper in January 2004. "It will fuel the Islamic fundamentalists..." While his goal was balance, Mr. Scott admits the movie has a point of view: Religious fanaticism leads to pointless slaughter.... Also, that Christians started it. "I think we did," Mr. Scott says, referring broadly to Western Christendom and echoing conventional 20th-century wisdom that the Crusades...
  • Historians reconsider the Crusades

    09/07/2005 3:51:52 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 47 replies · 653+ views
    The Confessing Reader ^ | 9/05/2005 | Confessing Reader
    I like nothing more than healthy doses of truth that debunk misconstruals hoary with age and falsehoods atavistically - and piously - mouthed.Fr Joseph Honeycutt recently posted an article by Thomas Madden, Chair of the Department of History at St Louis University, challenging long-held suppositions by taking a look at “The Real History of the Crusades“.You might also want to take a look at Professor Madden’s article in the June/July issue of First Things, “Crusaders and Historians“, in which he reviews three recent books which take a fresh look at these much-maligned wars of European Christians on the Muslim conquerors...
  • The Real History of the Crusades

    11/22/2003 4:23:29 PM PST · by dennisw · 62 replies · 1,990+ views
    crisismagazine ^ | April 1, 2002 | Thomas F. Madden
    The Real History of the Crusades By Thomas F. Madden With the possible exception of Umberto Eco, medieval scholars are not used to getting much media attention. We tend to be a quiet lot (except during the annual bacchanalia we call the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, of all places), poring over musty chronicles and writing dull yet meticulous studies that few will read. Imagine, then, my surprise when within days of the September 11 attacks, the Middle Ages suddenly became relevant. As a Crusade historian, I found the tranquil solitude of the ivory tower shattered by...
  • Opinion on the Crusades

    02/26/2008 3:41:15 AM PST · by Shirerwasright · 28 replies · 756+ views
    My Own Mind | 26 february 2008 | Shrierwasright
    OK, I am new on FreeRepublic, so if I am doing this wrong, I'll appreciate tolerance. I had the most interesting discussion with my son last evening. It seems in his Non Western Civ class his professor pointed out how Pope Urbana was the cause of all our problems with the radical islamic nutjobs. According to him if we had never attempted to drive the muslims back to their land for extention of power of the papalcy we would not have the problems we have. When I asked my son what he thought about this point, he said, "well, Dad...
  • The Real History of the Crusades

    05/10/2005 7:20:05 AM PDT · by robowombat · 59 replies · 6,099+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | Week of May 2, 2005 | Thomas F. Madden
    Christianity Today, Week of May 2 The Real History of the Crusades A series of holy wars against Islam led by power-mad popes and fought by religious fanatics? Think again. by Thomas F. Madden | posted 05/06/2005 09:00 a.m. With the possible exception of Umberto Eco, medieval scholars are not used to getting much media attention. We tend to be a quiet lot (except during the annual bacchanalia we call the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, of all places), poring over musty chronicles and writing dull yet meticulous studies that few will read. Imagine, then, my surprise...
  • "politically incorrect" facts about The Crusades

    • Islam was born in war and grew the same way. From the time of Mohammed, the means of Muslim expansion was always the sword. • With enormous energy, the warriors of Islam struck out against the Christians shortly after Mohammed's death. Palestine, Syria, and Egypt -- once the most heavily Christian areas in the world -- quickly succumbed. • By the eighth century, Muslim armies had conquered all of Christian North Africa and Spain. In the eleventh century, the Seljuk Turks conquered Asia Minor (modern Turkey), which had been Christian since the time of St. Paul. • The Byzantine...
  • The Real History of the Crusades (2002)

    12/13/2005 1:38:40 AM PST · by dennisw · 32 replies · 1,928+ views
    crisismagazine ^ | 2002 | By Thomas F. Madden
      "So what is the truth about the Crusades? Scholars are still working some of that out. But much can already be said with certainty. For starters, the Crusades to the East were in every way defensive wars. They were a direct response to Muslim aggression—an attempt to turn back or defend against Muslim conquests of Christian lands."  The Real History of the CrusadesBy Thomas F. MaddenWith the possible exception of Umberto Eco, medieval scholars are not used to getting much media attention. We tend to be a quiet lot (except during the annual bacchanalia we call the International Congress on...
  • The Real History of the Crusades

    04/07/2002 7:35:39 PM PDT · by traditionalist · 140 replies · 9,580+ views
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 4/1/2002 | Thomas Madden
    With the possible exception of Umberto Eco, medieval scholars are not used to getting much media attention. We tend to be a quiet lot (except during the annual bacchanalia we call the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, of all places), poring over musty chronicles and writing dull yet meticulous studies that few will read. Imagine, then, my surprise when within days of the September 11 attacks, the Middle Ages suddenly became relevant. As a Crusade historian, I found the tranquil solitude of the ivory tower shattered by journalists, editors, and talk-show hosts on tight deadlines eager to...
  • Crusade Propaganda: The abuse of Christianity’s holy wars.

    02/25/2002 8:13:51 AM PST · by quidnunc · 47 replies · 1,725+ views
    National Review ^ | November 2, 2001 | Thomas F. Madden
    Since September 11 the crusades are news. When President Bush used the term "crusade" as it is commonly used, to denote a grand enterprise with a moral dimension, the media pelted him for insensitivity to Muslims. (Nevermind that the media used the term in precisely the same way before the "gaff.") Attempting to capitalize on this indignation, the leader of the Taliban, Mullah Omar, crowed "President Bush has told the truth that this is a crusade against Islam." Yet clearly the crusades were much on the minds of our enemies long before Bush brought them to their attention. In a ...
  • The Real History of the Crusades

    11/23/2003 10:16:01 AM PST · by freedom44 · 45 replies · 3,249+ views
    Crises ^ | 11/23/03 | Thomas F. Madden
    With the possible exception of Umberto Eco, medieval scholars are not used to getting much media attention. We tend to be a quiet lot (except during the annual bacchanalia we call the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, of all places), poring over musty chronicles and writing dull yet meticulous studies that few will read. Imagine, then, my surprise when within days of the September 11 attacks, the Middle Ages suddenly became relevant. As a Crusade historian, I found the tranquil solitude of the ivory tower shattered by journalists, editors, and talk-show hosts on tight deadlines eager to...
  • The First Crusade: A New History (Book Review)

    09/02/2005 6:53:30 AM PDT · by Valin · 12 replies · 662+ views
    Frist Things ^ | June/July 2005 | Thomas F. Madden
    (snip) As the title suggests, Thomas Asbridge’s The First Crusade: A New History begins at the beginning. The First Crusade was called in 1095 by Pope Urban II in response to an urgent plea for assistance from the Byzantine Empire, the last Christian state in the East. Things had been going badly for Christians for several centuries, ever since the explosion of Muslim warriors out of Arabia in the seventh century. Egypt, Palestine, Syria, North Africa—the core of the Christian world—had been conquered by Muslim jihad warriors and subjected to Islamic rule and law. When Turkish jihad warriors invaded and...
  • The Crusades in the Checkout Aisle

    12/01/2002 1:36:12 PM PST · by Forgiven_Sinner · 43 replies · 3,536+ views
    CRISIS Magazine - e-Letter ^ | April 12, 2002 | Thomas F. Madden
    When I spied the U.S. News & World Report with the Crusades splashed across its cover, I braced for the worst. As a crusade historian, I long ago learned not to expect accuracy on this subject from the popular media. In fact, I usually avoid newspaper and magazine articles on the Crusades altogether, if only to keep my blood pressure under control. But there it was, staring me in the face. I had to read it. First, the good news. The article, written by Andrew Curry, was not dreadful. Curry did take the time to phone two distinguished crusade scholars,...
  • CRUSADE MYTHS

    05/07/2003 12:25:20 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 20 replies · 571+ views
    www.catholic.net ^ | January/February 2002 | Thomas F. Madden
    The Crusades are much in the news of late. President Bush made the mistake of referring to the war against terrorism as a “crusade” and was roundly criticized for uttering a word both offensive and hurtful to the world’s Muslims. If it is painful, then it is remarkable indeed how often the Arabs themselves make use of the word. Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar have repeatedly referred to Americans as “crusaders” and the present war as a “crusade against Islam.” For decades now Americans have been routinely referred to as “crusaders” or “cowboys” among Arabs in the Middle East....
  • The Real History of the Crusades

    05/29/2002 6:43:31 PM PDT · by RebelDawg · 54 replies · 4,099+ views
    crisismagazine ^ | April 1, 2002 | Thomas F. Madden
    The Real History of the CrusadesBy Thomas F. MaddenWith the possible exception of Umberto Eco, medieval scholars are not used to getting much media attention. We tend to be a quiet lot (except during the annual bacchanalia we call the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, of all places), poring over musty chronicles and writing dull yet meticulous studies that few will read. Imagine, then, my surprise when within days of the September 11 attacks, the Middle Ages suddenly became relevant.As a Crusade historian, I found the tranquil solitude of the ivory tower shattered by journalists, editors, and...
  • Crusade Propaganda: The abuse of Christianity's Holy Wars

    11/02/2001 4:48:53 AM PST · by Darth Reagan · 62 replies · 2,523+ views
    National Review Online ^ | November 2, 2001 | Thomas F. Madden
    Crusade Propaganda The abuse of Christianity’s holy wars. By Thomas F. Madden, the author of A Concise History of the Crusades and coauthor of The Fourth Crusade, is associate professor and chair of the Department of History at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. November 2, 2001 8:00 a.m. ince September 11 the crusades are news. When President Bush used the term "crusade" as it is commonly used, to denote a grand enterprise with a moral dimension, the media pelted him for insensitivity to Muslims. (Nevermind that the media used the term in precisely the same way before the ...