The Crusades Organizations that choose to emphasize feelings over facts engage in a dangerous undertaking, particularly if the organization is an academic one. It is also futile in the end because facts do not go away and do not ultimately care about anyone’s feelings. The prevalent politically correct, post-modernist, Hollywood-inspired view of the Crusades is a myth. That happens to be a fact, whether anyone likes it or not and whether anyone believes it or not. For those brave scholars (or would- be scholars) who would like to read something scholarly, may I suggest Thomas F. Madden’s book “The New Concise History of the Crusades.” Madden, a Crusades scholar, effectively debunks the popular myths about the Crusades, though, to be sure, dubious behavior abounds on all sides. Notice I did not say “both” sides because the truth is far more interesting, complex and nuanced than that. The truth also provides a more fascinating read than the simplistic fiction of popular culture, as is frequently the case.
Steven Kirkman, J.D.
VU School of Law Class of 2001
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