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The great historian Belloc shows that the Crusades were a titanic struggle between Christian civilization and "the Turk," savage Mongols who had embraced Islam. After the terrible Christian defeat at Manzikert in Turkey (1071 A.D.), not only the ancient Christian civilization in the Holy Land, but Europe itself lay in mortal peril. Here the great Catholic historian Hilaire Belloc states that in this titanic struggle, to which nearly a million men arose, "our fathers all but re-established the spiritual mastery of Europe over the East: all but recovered the full patrimony of Rome."

But they did not recover it. They failed. That is, they failed after the success of the First or Great Crusade, which took Jerusalem in 1099 A.D. and then held out in the Holy Land for 50 years. But the disaster came at Hatting (1187 A.D.), and subsequent "Crusades" were but "the rear-guard action of a defeat." From the military standpoint, Belloc answers that the great Crusading effort failed because the Crusaders failed to secure Damascus - and they failed to secure Damascus because of an ongoing lack of reinforcement from Europe.

Hillarie Belloc predicts here (writing in 1937) that we have by no means seen the last of the results of the 12th-century Christian military failure against Islam and he predicts its re-emergence. He states that "Islam has in the main preserved its soul," and that therefore its material strength may return. On the other hand, Europe is disintegrating, for the Christian cement which held it together has crumbled. And in that great spiritual contrast, states Belloc, lies our great peril from Islam yet today.

Makes history come alive and gives a rare, true appreciation of Christendom and of our Catholic forefathers

250 Pages

Published by TAN Books

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