Crusades: Pilgrims In Arms
Of all the wars waged in the name of God, none has ever matched the arrogance and conceit of the Christian Crusades. For nearly two centuries (1095-1291), this medieval "holy war" variously raged, sometimes so spiritually misshapen by rapaciousness, murder, and political greed that to think it all had to do with Christian faith is absurd. And really, there is no one better to dramatize such a theater of holy war than Wales-born Terry Jones, an accomplished medievalist. Best known for his absurdist contributions to all things Monty Python–he was a founding member of Monty Python’s Flying Circus and cowriter of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, and Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, among others–Jones wields an uncanny ability to explain the methodologies and madness of the Crusades while not failing us his sense of humor.