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Title: Defending the City of God: A Medieval Queen, The First Crusades, & the Quest for Peace in Jursalem.



Jerusalem sits at the crossroads of three continents and has been continuously invaded for millennia. Yet, in the middle of one of the region’s most violent eras, the Crusades, an amazing multicultural  world was forming. Templar knights, Muslim  peasants, Turkish caliphs, Jewish merchants, and the native Christians, along with the children of the first crusaders, blended cultures while struggling to survive in a land constantly at war. Defending the City of God explores this fascinating and forgotten world, and how a group of sisters, daughters  of the King of Jerusalem, whose  supporters included Grand Masters of the Templars and Armenian  clerics, held together the fragile treaties, understandings, and marriages that allowed for relative peace among the many different factions. As the crusaders fought to maintain their conquests, these relationships quickly unraveled, and the religious and cultural diversity was lost as hardline factions took over. Weaving together the political intrigues and dynastic battles that transformed the Near East with an evocative portrait of medieval Jerusalem, this is an astonishing look at a forgotten side of the first Crusades.

About the Author

Sharan Newman is a medieval historian and award-winning author of nonfiction and fiction. Her books include The Real History Behind the Templarsand The Real History Behind the Da Vinci Code . She’s been featured in The Catholic World ReportThe OregonianFortean TimesYahoo! Voices, and on TLC. She lives in Ashland, Oregon.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
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7419 Madison St.
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Defending the City of God: A Medieval Queen, the First Crusades, and the Quest for Peace in Jerusalem Cover Image
ISBN: 9781137278654
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Palgrave MacMillan - April 29th, 2014

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