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THE CRUSADES - An Overview

Dr. Dominic Selwood

The Crusades have long played a major role in the thinking and folk memory of the Muslims and Jews in the Mideast. Their visions of those medieval struggles color all their present relationships with Christians and the West. As such, they must be taken into account in any understanding of the present. Although the following was not written from the Muslim perspective, it is one of the best and most concise histories of those times and can add to our understanding of that time frame. Of course, it can’t touch on large swaths of the history in Outremer….but it’s an excellent overview…



Read the article: What the Crusades tell us about shifting borders in the Middle East

About the author: Dr Dominic Selwood is a former criminal barrister, novelist and historian with a passion for the less visited corners of the archives. He is the author of the crypto-thriller, The Sword of Moses (2013), and the textbook on the Knights Templar, Knights of the Cloister (1999). He tweets as @DominicSelwood

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