God’s War – 1
< Page 130. The Crusades. Bellum Dei. Jihad, christian-style. Tyerman's book reads as formidable as it looks. He sets the scene very well with a fascinating background on religion and politics in 11th c. Europe. Ambitious men from pope to kings to mercenary rascals play games in the quest for power, riches and fame. War is just. War is holy. Men sell their possessions and desert their wives to go win glory for Christ and recover Jerusalem from the muslims. This "christian militia" wasn't shy of pillaging, robbing and killing if the towns it passed through wouldn't accommodate it. It had Pope Urban II's blessing and our christian soldiers had the cross sewn onto their clothes. 'Twas alright then, no?