Kresta in the Afternoon – July 8, 2020 – Hour 1

+  In Defense of Louis IX

  • Description: The movement to remove statues of Confederate generals has expanded to include any historical figures who owned slaves, and now has spread to target figures such as King Louis IX. Protesters in St Louis recently tried to remove the statue on the grounds that he was a "rabid anti-semite who spearhead persecutions against the Jewish people." During the protests a priest stood before the crowd and said Louis was instead a man who used his power to do good for his people. Who was Louis IX? We talk with historian Thomas Madden.
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    • Thomas Madden
      Thomas F. Madden is Professor of History and Director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University. He’s the author of many books including Istanbul: City of Majesty at the Crossroads of the World and The Concise History of the Crusades.
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    • The Concise History of the Crusades (Critical Issues in World and International History)

      What is the relationship between the medieval crusades and the problems of the modern Middle East? Were the crusades the Christian equivalent of Muslim jihad? In this sweeping yet crisp history, Thomas F. Madden offers a brilliant and compelling narrative of the crusades and their contemporary relevance. Placing all of the major crusades within their medieval social, economic, religious, and intellectual environments, Madden explores the uniquely medieval world that led untold thousands to leave their homes, families, and friends to march in Christ’s name to distant lands. From Palestine and Europe's farthest reaches, each crusade is recounted in a clear, concise narrative. The author gives special attention as well to the crusades’ effects on the Islamic world and the Christian Byzantine East. (learn more)

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