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Jun 11 9 tweets 3 min read
Hi y'all. Let me offer a short Friday night reading list on the #crusades.

You need some good introductory texts. I love Jonathan Phillips' Holy Warriors as my western intro book, and Paul Cobb's Race for Paradise for an Islamic perspective. They're great.
Get Jay Rubenstein's Armies of Heaven for an extremely readable account of the apocalyptic First Crusade. And then get his Nebuchadnezzar's Dream for an excellent academic account of the apocalyptic aspects of the 12th and 13th century crusades.
I think @WilliamPurkis 's Crusading Spirituality in the Holy Land and Iberia is an absolute must read masterpiece.

Katherine Allen Smith's The Bible and Crusade Narrative in the 12th Century is SO GOOD and will transform the way you think of crusade chronicles.
@Gaposchkin 's Invisible Weapons: Liturgy and the Making of Crusade Ideology is another must read, utterly transformative book.

@prof_gabriele 's An Empire of Memory: the Legend of Charlemagne, the Franks and Jerusalem before the First Crusade is a personal favorite.
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Ok! Let's add some more. Ronnie Ellenblum's Frankish Rural Settlement in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem is an excellent archaeological survey of how crusader villages actually functioned. Christopher MacEvitt's The Crusades and the Christian World of the East: Rough Tolerance
Doesna great job discussing the way crusaders interacted with local Christian populations. Tara Andrew's Mattʿēos Uṙhayecʿi and His Chronicle: History as Apocalypse in a Crossroads of Cultures discusses the Armenian chronicle of the early crusades, it is excellent.
I can suggest others later, but that's already a bunch of academic texts, ones I love and love to assign and teach.

I would like to add @BucPhilippe 's Holy War, Martyrdom and Terror, the book that inspired me to look at holy war from the crusades to present.
These are all books on the early crusades, my main medieval focus (I'm really 11th c. into early 12th), but the crusades last until 1798 and there are SO MANY GOOD BOOKS out there and also SO MUCH LEFT TO STUDY AND WRITE ABOUT.

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This is crusade historian bingo, guys. I know Tom Madden. I like him as a person. He is exceptionally kind to graduate students and I love him for that. His popular crusade books, though, get cited routinely by Islamaphobes and hate groups and that's a problem.
And that's the thing. History is a discourse, and there are many sides to it, and there are many voices.

Madden's books on Venice? Fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. Love them.

I don't use his general work on the crusades.
Now, use isn't intent. And that is very much not what I'm saying.

But when you are the only academic cited in Robert Spencer's Islamaphobe books about the crusades, well, that's not excellent.
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