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re: God Wills It!

While languishing under cold symptoms today I finished listening to The Modern Scholar: God Wills It!: Understanding the Crusades (Thomas F. Madden).

I only remembered a few things about the crusades from school. One is apparently false: the “children’s crusades” probably weren’t made up of young children. Another - that the “fourth” crusade sacked Constantinople - always seemed an amusing factoid, and it’s nice to have a better understanding of what led up to it (my prior misconception being that those crusaders were just greedy lowlifes).

I found the lectures engaging and very enlightening. They also further increased my desire learn more about the Islamic world during (and before, and after…) this time.

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