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Thomas F. Madden
Thomas F. Madden is Professor of History and Director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University. As an author and historical consultant he has appeared in such venues as The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and The History Channel.Awards... show more

Thomas F. Madden is Professor of History and Director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University. As an author and historical consultant he has appeared in such venues as The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and The History Channel.Awards for his scholarship include the Haskins Medal, awarded by the Medieval Academy of America, and the Otto Grundler Prize, awarded by the Medieval Institute. He is a Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America, and a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
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susanvoss18
susanvoss18 rated it 8 years ago
This book provides an excellent look at the crusades, putting them in perspective for their time and in relation to current world politics. It is a great overview for the uninitiated and a great review for folks who have studied the crusades. The book opens by providing a setting just prior to the f...
XLeptodactylous
XLeptodactylous rated it 9 years ago
All I know about the Crusades is from the game Stronghold. Whilst not a reliable source, it was accurate and I felt I could appreciate the book more with that small amount of knowledge. Plus any book with pictures is going to win.
SheWhoWaits
SheWhoWaits rated it 10 years ago
Really enjoyed learning about this powerful, but little known (to most Americans) empire. My preteen son enjoyed it too. Madden is a very entertaining lecturer.
Jeff Noble
Jeff Noble rated it 10 years ago
A Concise History of the Crusades (Critical Issues in History) by Thomas F. Madden (?)
JulieM
JulieM rated it 10 years ago
This was a good overview of the Roman Empire from its height to its decline. Definitely worthwhile to listen to, but there were a few disappointments. In the end, I still didn't feel like I understood exactly what caused the fall of an amazing and impressive empire. And the other negative comment...
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