Armies of Heaven: The First Crusade and the Quest for Apocalypse by Jay Rubenstein.

May 01, 2016, 01:09 AM

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Armies of Heaven: The First Crusade and the Quest for #Apocalypse by Jay Rubenstein @JCRHistorian Publishers Weekly, Starred Review “[A] rich harvest of legends and writings from the period, often apocalyptic in nature, that give us a keener insight into the minds of those who lived these tumultuous years. Rubenstein offers up a heady mix of soldiers and prophets, militants and supplicants, weaving it all into a wonderfully readable account that puts flesh on the story. A satisfying and highly recommended read in every respect.” James Reston Jr., BookForum “Jay Rubenstein’s Armies of Heaven is a beautifully researched, well written, and highly accessible account of the first #HolyCrusade, recounting it through the lens of eschatological theory…. In unflinching detail, Armies of Heaven walks us step by step through the process of ‘taking the cross’: the preliminary pogroms against Jews, the mobilization of the armies, and their ever more violent and uncontrolled adventure to #Constantinople and beyond.” San Francisco Book Review “The book is about as raw as the stories beginning told. Rubenstein found a great way to tell an exciting story built on an extensive historical foundation…. This work is a perfect blend of military and religious history, with some great inner politics on the side. It is a brilliant piece of work and would be the shining jewel to a historian’s shelf.”