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  • Published: 14 November 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241954652
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $27.99

How To Plan A Crusade




Thousands left their homelands in the Middle Ages to fight wars abroad. But how did the Crusades actually happen? From recruitment propaganda to raising money, ships to siege engines, medicine to the power of prayer, this vivid, surprising history shows holy war - and medieval society - in a new light.

'Wonderfully written and characteristically brilliant' Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Roads
'Elegant, readable ... an impressive synthesis ... Not many historians could have done it' - Jonathan Sumption, Spectator
'Tyerman's book is fascinating not just for what it has to tell us about the Crusades, but for the mirror it holds up to today's religious extremism' - Tom Holland, Spectator
Thousands left their homelands in the Middle Ages to fight wars abroad. But how did the Crusades actually happen? From recruitment propaganda to raising money, ships to siege engines, medicine to the power of prayer, this vivid, surprising history shows holy war - and medieval society - in a new light.

  • Pub date: 14 November 2016
  • ISBN: 9780241954652
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $27.99

About the Author

Christopher Tyerman

Christopher Tyerman is a Fellow in History at Hertford College, Oxford, and a lecturer in Medieval History at New College, Oxford. He is the author of England and the Crusades and The Crusades: A Very Short Introduction.

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Praise for How To Plan A Crusade

“Magisterial . . . Medieval is often associated with barbarism and bigotry, but this fascinating study suggests it should refer to meticulous preparation . . . a lively book, laced with wry asides and surprising details”

Jessie Childs, Guardian

“Tyerman's book is fascinating not just for what it has to tell us about the Crusades, but for the mirror it holds up to today's religious extremism”

Tom Holland, Mail on Sunday

“Not merely a splendid book but a timely one”

Dan Jones, Sunday Times

“Elegant, readable . . . an impressive synthesis . . . Not many historians could have done it”

Jonathan Sumption, Spectator


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