Edition: 2022
Pages: 102
Series: EL
ISBN: 9788858119891

Holy Wars. Crusades and jihad

Alessandro Barbero


Flammarion (French); Historical Quest (Greek); Fondo de Cultura (World Spanish)



“The Crusades: the adventure of those Christians who responded to the pope’s call, fell under its spell, and put themselves in the front line, doing things that today appear highly debateable and which instead to them seemed sacrosanct. The fact is that the Muslims did not remain inert when a horde of bloodthirsty barbarians – unbelievers at that – stepped foot on Islamic soil and began to disseminate terror.” A vivid and sparkling account of the Crusades by Barbero, interpreted as tremendous explosions of violence, a sui generis form of pilgrim and safety valve for an overcrowded Europe; but also as the moment when two rival worlds, ignorant of their profound common roots, meet and describe one another.

The author

Alessandro Barbero

Alessandro Barbero teaches Medieval History at the University of Piedmont Orientale, in Vercelli. Among his books, all bestsellers and all widely translated: Dictionary of the Middle Ages; Charlemagne. A father of Europe; The Battle. History of Waterloo; 9 August 378: The day of the barbarians; Lepanto. The battle of the three empires; Caporetto. As novelist in 1996 he won Italy’s most prestigious literary prize, the Premio Strega, for The Beautiful Life and Foreign Wars of Mr. Pyle, Gentleman. The Republic of France awarded him with the title of "Chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres". His history conferences are extremely popular and his lectures count hundreds of thousands of web followers.

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