A respected and controversial scholar argues that the Crusades were a justified war waged against Muslim terror and aggression. The truth about the Christian Crusades and Muslim Jihad.In this book, Dr. Stark dismantles the dominant narrative repeated about the Crusades and analytically invalidates the previously held assumptions by scholars, historians, and religious leaders about this controversial event. This book not only proves the common claim made about the reasons for the Crusades false, but also challenges many facts of the campaigns that have been crafted with the purpose of putting the crusaders in a negative light, along with all of Christianity.
"There is much to be learned here. Filled with fascinating historical glimpses of monks and Templars, priests and pilgrims, kings and contemplatives, Stark pulls it all together and challenges us to reconsider our view of the Crusades."--Publishers Weekly
"Stark's clear, factual narrative offers larger-than-life characters.... [his] works are an encouraging corrective to the anti-Western history routinely taught in our schools."--New Oxford Review