Sea of Faith: Islam and Christianity in the Medieval Mediterranean World

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Douglas and McIntyre (2013) Limited, 6 janv. 2012 - 320 pages
From the best-selling author of The Perfect Heresy, and in the spirit of Barbara Tuchman’s A Distant Mirror, a rich narrative account of the millennium of religious wars that destroyed the Byzantine Empire while shaping the Muslim/Christian conflict that haunts us still.

The Medieval Mediterranean was a sea of two faiths: Christianity and Islam. Though bitter rivals, they shared a common history. Here are the epochal moments during that 1000-year struggle: the fall of the Christian Middle East at Yarmuk, Martel’s “wall of ice” at Poitiers, Byzantium’s rout at Manzikert, all the way through to Saladin at Jerusalem, Lazar at Kosovo and the suicidal defence of Malta against the Ottomans. Stephen O’Shea tells a riveting story, which stretches from Syria and Israel to France and Morocco. Today, the two faiths again collide.

Sea of Faith is a magnificent work of popular history and a timely reminder of our shared past.

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Avis d'utilisateur  - MaowangVater - LibraryThing

This is a very well written military history of the medieval Mediterranean. O’Shea gives a detailed description of ten key battles spanning nine centuries and an insightful cultural history of the ... Consulter l'avis complet

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Avis d'utilisateur  - jerry-book - LibraryThing

Excellent depiction of the battle between Islam and Christianity in the Middle Ages. The author shows how Isam lost Spain and how the Byzantines lost Constantinople. The fierce battle over Malta at the end of the period was a fitting climax. Consulter l'avis complet

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Stephen O'Shea is an historian and the acclaimed author of Sea of Faith: Islam and Christianity in the Medieval Mediterranean World, The Perfect Heresy: The Revolutionary Life and Death of the Medieval Cathars, and Back to the Front: An Accidental Historian Walks the Trenches of World War I. Born in Toronto, he now lives in the United States and France.

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