Tales of the CRUSADES Author:Olivia Coolidge For almost 400 years, 3 civilizations put an endless stream of energy and people into a great movement called the CRUSADES. Beautiful cities were destroyed, armies clashed and lives lost. It accomplished nothing. — The goal had been the ideal of a pope: to capture Jerusalem and establish a new Christendom. But motives became corrupted and confuse... more »d and the origional idea was lost, and in the end, the papacy and the Roman Catholic Church. Nevertheless, countless thousands joined and continued to join the Crusades for reasons ranging from faith to folly.
Robert of Saint Avold was a gallant knight needing above all a chance to prove himself. The Crusades offered him a noble cause plus the promise of material and spiritual riches. For William the Pig the Crusades were to be taken advantage of, and he used them in a most cruel and shocking way to fill his pockets. Jehan and Alys made up another type of crusader. They were poor dreamers who blindly believed that the Crusades would bring them the kingdom of God.
In THE TALES OF THE CRUSADES, the reader sees centuries pass, ideas change and the Crusades become a very human reality through the stories of these and others. From Little Peter and The First Crusade in 1095 to those who followed Pope Pius II in 1464, there are emperors, knights, thieves and paupers, all with a dream and a unique purpose in mind.
Olivia Coolidge has created an entertaining and often ironic collection of stories in which she successfully avoids taking sides or moralizing, leaving the reader to draw his own conclusion.« less