Since the publication of the first edition of The Crusades: A Reader, interest in the Crusades has increased dramatically, fueled in part by current global interactions between the Muslim world and Western nations. The second edition features an intriguing new chapter on perceptions of the Crusades in the modern period, from David Hume and William Wordsworth to World War I political cartoons and crusading rhetoric circulating after 9/11. Islamic accounts of the treatment of prisoners have been added, as well as sources detailing the homecoming of those who had ventured to the Holy Land—including a newly translated reading on a woman crusader, Margaret of Beverly. The book contains sixteen images, study questions for each reading, and an index.
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An Introduction to the Crusades, part of the Companions to Medieval Studies series, is an accessible guide to studying the complex history of the Crusades. The book begins by defining the Crusades, giving the political and social context of Byzantium, Western Europe, the Islamic States, and Jewish communities to set the scene for crusading from the eleventh century to the end of the medieval period. It then immerses the reader in the logistics of crusading and the day-to-day life of a crusader, explaining arms and armor, strategy and tactics, and siege warfare. Topics explored in depth include women on crusade, pilgrimage, the Mongols, crusade charters, and the use of crusader rhetoric throughout history. A case study chapter on the negotiations for Jerusalem between Saladin and Richard I provides insight into the process of historical inquiry and methods for engaging with primary sources. The book is pedagogically grounded through the inclusion of questions for reflection, sixteen images, four maps, a detailed chronology, a glossary, a "Who's Who" of the crusading world, and a bibliography.
Mt. Washington, New Hampshire It was truly a “dark and stormy night,” perhaps the darkest and stormiest of my life, for I came to within five key minutes of death... my death... because my rescuers were about to give up! As a physician and pathologist, I had developed a close professional relationship with “death and dying”... but not with my dying... certainly not with my death! During the long night, as I lay waiting for rescue in “whiteout” conditions, with wind gusts to 98 miles per hour, and then waiting for my Death, I had abundant time to think about living, to think about dying. It has been said since ancient times that to know how to live one must first learn how to die. Bernhoff A. Dahl, M.D., author, speaker, consultant, humorist, and veteran mountaineer shares his life - threatening experience in a positive, motivational, and inspirational message focusing on three admonitions: Be prepared to die! Have a plan to live! Do it now! After taking the trip to the mountain with Dr. Dahl, he will lead you through the three admonitions and start you on your own Journey Into the Self. Elaine Pearson Dahl (1949-2010), author, civic leader, offshore sailor, and white water champion not only help create this book, but she lived the three admonitions, right to the end. Included is an adaptation of Dr. Dahl’s international bestselling Optimize Your Life!, for which Mark Victor Hansen, co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series noted: “Everyone needs to be strategic. My friend Dr. Bernie, makes it easy to understand and do-instantly!” Dr. Dahl’s story was featured on The Learning Channel’s StormForce series.
Understand Scottish History: Teach Yourself is a comprehensive guide to the exciting story of this nation, from pre-history right through to the present day. With the question of Scottish independence once again on the agenda, this book will allow you to trace the events, both peaceful and bloody, that have brought the country to this point. Tracing events from the pre-history of the land and the coming of the Scots to the rise of the Scottish National Party, it provides an informative and accessible introduction to Scotland's history. Whether it is the Jacobite Rebellion, the advances of the Scottish Enlightenment or its role in WWI and WWII, this is the perfect place to start.
Treat your students to an exciting hot air balloon ride across the USA. There's lots to see and do as each state is visited (the District of Columbia, too), its history and geography explored, and fascinating facts explained. There are map activities, places and physical features to identify, and topics for further investigation. There are parks, lakes, mountains and swamps to discover as well as the thousands of plants and animals that share our land and water. This product has been selected by a national panel of classroom teachers as a winner of Learning Magazine's Teachers' Choice Award.
Renowned medieval historian Jill N. Claster examines warfare between Christians and Muslims for control of the embattled city of Jerusalem.
Revered by fans as a master of the action-adventure genre, Henry Rider Haggard's books are rip-roaring yarns in the classic sense of the term. Although many of his novels are set in far-flung locales, The Brethren is set in early medieval-era England. The plot hinges on a romantic rivalry between two brothers, with plenty of battlefield action thrown in for good measure.
“The Revolutionary War” provides a detailed overview of the American battle for independence and the forging of a nation. From the earliest skirmishes at Lexington and Concord to the decisive victory at Yorktown, to the writing of the Constitution and the struggles of early national America, this book tracks both the logistical and intellectual dimensions of the "revolution," which, as John Adams said, took place "in the hearts and minds of Americans . . . before a single drop of blood was shed." As much as it vividly documents the particulars of battle, it is the dizzying aftermath of the war and the complexities of fulfilling the "idea" of America that form the impressive substance of this book. Also discussed are the social, cultural, and artistic advances of the post-Revolutionary period, including women's suffrage and the beginning of public education, with special emphasis given to the "American Renaissance" and the rising of distinctly American literature.