“What Were The Crusades?” [audio https://swordsoftruth.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/crusades.mp3] PDF Notes
In this talk, Fr. Nathan will offer an overview of the history of the Crusades in Israel/Palestine. He will explain the history leading up to the First Crusade, explain why the Christians believed it to be a just war, offer different historical interpretations as to why the Crusades were launched, give a short summary of the Five Crusades in the Holy Land and consider what is their lasting legacy in our own time.
Recommended Reading on The Crusades: What Were the Crusades by Jonathan Riley-Smith, A New Concise History of the Crusades by Thomas Madden, The New Knighthood by Malcolm Barber, The Murdered Magicians by Peter Partner, The Templars by Piers Paul Read, On the New Knighthood by St. Bernard of Clairvaux, The Crusaders by Regine Pernoud
The Horns of Hattin
The remains of the crusader fortress at Acre (Akko)
The Church of the Holy Sepluchre
The Insigna of the Hospitaller Knights
The crusader church of St. Anne in Jerusalem