Gods battalions the case for the crusades stark rodney on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers gods battalions the case for the crusades. The first crusade 1095 1099 consisted of three smaller crusades intended to meet at constantinople and invade muslim territory as a united force two of them accomplished this the princes crusade led by french and norman nobles and the peoples crusade led by peter the hermit. In gods battalions the case for the crusades author rodney stark debunks many of the popular myths surrounding the crusades and gives a justification for one of the most poorly reputed military actions in history. In gods battalions the case for the crusades professor rodney stark is dedicated to the task of setting forth a popular history of the crusadeshe has little use for modern efforts to . The thrust of the preceding chapters can be summarized very briefly the crusades were not unprovoked they were not the first round of european colonialism they were not conducted for land loot or converts the crusaders were not barbarians who victimized the cultivated muslims they sincerely believed that they served in gods battalions
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