|The Crusades and their Sources. Essays Presented to Bernard Hamilton
|October 8, 2023
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The Crusades and their Sources. Essays Presented to Bernard Hamilton
In “Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream: The Crusades, Apocalyptic Prophecy, and the End of History,” Jay Rubenstein takes readers on a captivating journey through the tumultuous period of the Crusades, exploring the intersection of religious fervor, political ambition, and apocalyptic prophecy. With meticulous research and a compelling narrative, Rubenstein delves into the minds of the medieval Christians who embarked on these holy wars, driven by a fervent belief in their divine mission.
Rubenstein begins by examining the origins of the Crusades, tracing their roots back to the Byzantine Empire’s desperate plea for help against the Seljuk Turks. He explores the pivotal role of Pope Urban II, whose impassioned call to arms at the Council of Clermont in 1095 ignited the flames of religious zeal among European nobles and commoners alike. Rubenstein vividly depicts the fervor that swept across Europe, as men and women.