A Short History of the Crusades
by J. I. Mombert, D.D. (1894)
"The Crusades utterly failed to accomplish the object for which they were undertaken. An experience of two centuries had taught the nations of the West that it could not be attained, and that the fanaticism of the East was fully as savage as their own. The Crusades, the offspring of ignorance, rapacity, and blind or hypocrital zeal, did not and could not, as such, benefit mankind. They debased and imbruted the world; they destroyed many millions of valuable lives, and countless millions'' worth of human labor. They enriched the Church and increased her power; but they also engendered superstition and persecution, and in the end sapped her strength."
A splendid account of the various Crusades - their sponsors, leaders, participants, antagonists and their outcomes.
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