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The era of Medival Europe that spawned the crusades was very fascinating on many levels At this time the church and the state were fighting for supremacy and the church found something that it could use as a prod against the secular rulers The Christian faith permeated the every day lives of the vast majority of people in Europe at this time Of course any good Christian would see the need to support the church in its aim to take back the Holy Land from the dreaded Muslim interlopers and establish it as the center of Christianity If everyone had this same goal throughout Europe how could the Muslims stand against the might of a united Europe Fortunately for them they didnt have to History of this time like history of any time is a history of people Seldom have a large group of people been able to unite under one common goal without infighting and without ulterior motives The time of the crusades illustrates this point quite effectively Any historical account of this era therefore should be rife with human intrigue and fascinating to read It turns out that this is not the case in at least one respect The book Pelagious and the Fifth Crusade by Joseph Donovan is a very dry and plodding look at the events surrounding the Fifth Crusade The book was written for an audience of peers and not for the general publics consumption One must take a good amount of knowledge of Medival Histroy and the Crusades with him in order to make any sense out of this book Consequently the average reader is left with a multitude of questions that go unanswered and is ultimately left unsatisfied with the experience There is nothing exciting about this book and its style and content lend themselves to somnolence Contemporaries of Professor Donovan will not find any new information and will be subjected to a chronological
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