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Here are some books that you may find useful during your studies. Search the Bennies catalogue Oliver for more, or browse the Non-fiction collection NFS.
Science and Technology in the Middle Ages by Marcia Groves; Joanna Findon; Joanne Findon
Publication Date: 2004-10-31
Long referred to as the Dark Ages, the Middle Ages was actually a period of great scientific and technological advancement. In agriculture, the inventions of the heavy plow, horseshoes, and harnesses made farming easier. Children will enjoy following the advancements in medicine, military weapons, astronomy, and astrology up until 1500.
The Life of a Knight by Kay Eastwood
Publication Date: 2003-10-31
Exciting illustrations and photographs highlight this book about the duties and privileges of a medieval knight in warfare and in service to a lord. Their daily life will be explored highlighting their clothing, apprenticeship, heraldry, and their obedience to the chivalric code.
Medieval Society by Kay Eastwood
Publication Date: 2003-10-31
Young readers will be captivated by this account of the daily life and social organization of people living in Europe in the Middle Ages. Medieval Society describes life under the feudal system and how kings and lords became rich while the peasants stayed poor.
Middle Ages by Fiona MacDonald
Publication Date: 2005-01-07
Gain a new perspective on the Middle Ages by examining the art that was produced during this time period. The title examines what art reveals about history and simultaneously how history explains the art. It explores past civilizations through both the images it produced and cultural artifacts that remain. Each title focuses on how art and architecture from a distinct period reflected life at the time, and how we can use the surviving art to understand how people used to live.
The Crusades begin in reaction to Pope Urban II's call to help the Byzantine Empire reclaim land from Muslim rule (especially Jerusalem).
In the West, the Crusades are a chapter of Christian history that has little impact on our everyday lives, but in the Middle East many believe that the Crusades are happening again. In the wake of 9/11, President George W Bush described the War on Terror as a 'Crusade'. Rageh believes this invocation of Christian Holy War alienated much of the Muslim world. Bush's comments have never been forgotten and are today exploited by Islamist terror organisations, who refer time and again to the West as Crusaders. On his journey through Europe and the Middle East, Rageh speaks to historians as well as ordinary people in order to understand how it is that events of 900 years ago can have such a divisive effect on relations between the West and the Muslim world, and on two of the world's greatest religions - Islam and Christianity.
In which John Green teaches you about the Crusades embarked upon by European Christians in the 12th and 13th centuries. Our traditional perception of the Crusades as European Colonization thinly veiled in religion isn't quite right. John covers the First through the Fourth Crusades, telling you which were successful, which were well-intentioned yet ultimately destructive, and which were just plain crazy. Before you ask, no, he doesn't cover the Children's Crusade, in which children were provoked to gather for a Crusade, and then promptly sold into slavery by the organizers of said Crusade.
Secrets of the Castle part 1
The History Channel
The Crusades were a series of religious wars between Christians and Muslims started primarily to secure control of holy sites considered sacred by both groups. In all, eight major Crusade expeditions occurred between 1096 and 1291. The bloody, violent and often ruthless conflicts propelled the status of European Christians, making them major players in the fight for land in the Middle East.
Crusades, military expeditions, beginning in the late 11th century, that were organized by western European Christians in response to centuries of Muslim wars of expansion.
Ask pretty much anyone – whether terrorists, politicians (of all camps), dinner party guests, or religious leaders – and the one thing that they will say with confidence about the Crusades is that they were a conflict between two diametrically opposed religions: Christianity and Islam – a clash of civilisations. This is a widely-held judgement – but is it correct?