Friday, April 7, 2017

History and myth

Here's a six year old article on Four Myths about the Crusades. The myths in question are: 1) The crusades represented an unprovoked attack by Western Christians on the Muslim world; 2) Western Christians went on crusade because their greed led them to plunder Muslims in order to get rich; 3) Crusaders were a cynical lot who did not really believe their own religious propaganda; rather, they had ulterior, materialistic motives; and 4) the crusades taught Muslims to hate and attack Christians.

2 comments:

Tim Harwick said...

What's the best book about the crusades? I'm looking to avoid those kinds of myths.

Jim S. said...

Sorry to take so long to respond. I'm afraid I only know the history of science in the Middle Ages, and so can't recommend anything in particular on the crusades. You might want to skip over to Quodlibeta and ask James if he has any recommendations.