History of Medieval Europe
This shows that Innocent was a resourceful ruler. He was a good Catholic, and wanted to accomplish as much as he could with peace and discussion, without going to war. But when he realized that he couldn't get anywhere doing that, he did what he had to and called a crusade to preserve the Church unity.
Rating of the book
- Dry at times: art, trade, daily life
- Much info about wars and politics is a plus
- Also many maps; maps are awesome
- If you like history, not a bad book
I like this passage because it shows what religion motivated to work for something good can produce. These buildings are some of the most beautiful buildings ever produced, and are filled with amazing art commissioned by the Church. People still today go to these cathedrals just to see the stained-glass and the paintings.
- Even misguided efforts can produce beneficial results- the Crusades
- Similar situations must be treated with unique solutions- Albigensian v. Bohemian Crusades
- Sometimes, winning at all costs is a bad idea- France v. England after 100 Years War: France lost 1/3-1/2 of population, England has strong national ID
- Author includes mostly facts
- As much entertainment as he can