How the Crusades Changed History : The Great Courses: Medieval History

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Philip Daileader
  • Series: The Great Courses: Medieval History
  • 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Centuries have passed since the last crusader knight laid down his sword, but the Crusades continue to hold sway over our world. Because the Crusades have been so consequential to history, it's essential to understand the context, motivations, and preconditions of these dramatic military campaigns. In doing so, you'll not only get a fresher understanding of the Crusades, you'll discover surprising truths about why (and how) they were fought.
More than just an enriching recount of events, this series of 24 lectures is an intellectually rewarding exploration of how the Crusades shaped the medieval world and laid the seeds for our own. Plunging you into the series of Crusades to the Holy Land and elsewhere - from the calling of the First Crusade in 1095 to the collapse of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, in 1291 - Professor Daileader's lectures are filled with eye-opening insights and gripping stories that will help you reach your own conclusions about just how important these centuries of warfare were to the story of human civilization.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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One of the best Great Courses I've listened to

Would you consider the audio edition of How the Crusades Changed History to be better than the print version?

There isn't a printed version of this lecture series, but listening to historical material is always preferable to reading it as historical material can become dull and the mind can wander.


What other book might you compare How the Crusades Changed History to, and why?

Anything by Philip Daileader, his Middle Ages lectures are excellent and well worth a listen.


Which scene did you most enjoy?

The Richard the Lion Heart and Saladin lecture was particularly interesting.


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really.


Any additional comments?

I've listened to a lot of the Great Courses lecture series and have found Philip Daileader is one of the best Great Courses lecturers, along with Bart D.Ehrman, and I would recommend anything by him. He is very easy to listen to and deals with the subject in a methodical and engaging way. Once I had completed the How the Crusades Changed History series I really felt that I had learned something and had been entertained by it. One of the best Great Courses lectures I've listen to.

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- Paul

Thrills and spills!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, because they're all history nerds.


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Some of the tales of Crusader hardship are amazing to listen to. Less about the appalling conditions, but also the spaceflight levels of chuztpah that these journeys entailed. And he gives a very balanced description to everyone.


Any additional comments?

The "historical" part was a good overview of the crusades in order, but the hook came with all of the sundry details. Also, really good at expanding the view from Muslims vs. Crusaders to West vs. Religious Orders vs. Byzantium vs. Levantine states vs. Arabs.

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- Ian

Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-08-2013
  • Publisher: The Great Courses