Concise History of the Crusades

A while back I received an e-mail from the Conservative Book Club advertising the book A Concise History of the Crusades. Based on their description the book sounded really interesting and I added it to my wishlist hoping to get it for Christmas. I got it for my birthday instead which was good because I already have it. The book is concise as the title says with only 214 pages. I plan to start reading it soon. After having reading Angels in the Architecture a few years ago I wanted to gain a more true understanding of the 1500 years of Christian history before the Reformation.

While I am thinking about it, another book that is helpful in pointing out misconceptions concerning pre-enlightenment people is Inventing the Flat Earth : Columbus and Modern Historians. While I am not entirely sure where I got the notion I do believe that my upbringing including Christian school taught me that pre-enlightened people all thought the world was flat. It wasn’t until I read an article by Gary Demar that I realized this wasn’t true. Inventing the Flat Earth does a very good job of proving that it is not true. The majority of people in the middle ages did not believe the earth was flat. The idea was invented to ridicule Christians.

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