Author: Joseph Wheelan
Publisher: Hachette UK
Release Date: 2009-02-24
When John Quincy Adams—the sixty-three-year-old former president, U.S. senator, secretary of state, and diplomat—was elected to the House of Representatives by his Massachusetts neighbors, he embarked on a spectacular late-life career. He became Congress's most acerbic and influential critic of slavery as well as a tireless proponent for human freedoms and First Amendment rights. This remarkable congressional career utterly transformed him, the public's perception of him, and his legacy—in many ways redeeming his failed presidency. Mr. Adams's Last Crusade renders an insightful portrait of a man who placed his country above politics.
Author: Michael A. Palmer
Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.
Release Date: 2007
The United States, argues Michael A. Palmer, is engaged in a political crusade to modernize the Islamic world. Americanism is in the vanguard of modernity's relentless advance, promoting capitalist markets and democratic institutions. To compete, Islamic societies must adopt a more secular and material approach, as have the West and South and East Asia. But these principles conflict with Islamic fundamentals. Once a vibrant force, much of the Muslim world spent four centuries as prisoner of an Ottoman Empire that embraced feudalism while the West jettisoned it. In the absence of a renaissance or enlightenment, modernization in the Islamic world has been painful and unsuccessful. While many in the West long for an "Islamic reformation," Palmer argues that Islamists such as Osama bin Laden are the face of that reformation. Just as Protestant reformers sought a return to the purity of early Christianity, jihadists desire a return to the halcyon days of conquest and expansion, when the Caliphate controlled a united and powerful Muslim community. American actions have not provoked this conflict, nor can American withdrawal end it, Palmer contends. For example, China, also a once-powerful civilization subjected to Western imperialism, has not produced homicide bombers. Instead, the Chinese are busy modernizing. Islam's failure to modernize is the root cause of the current situation. Bin Laden and other jihadists understand, correctly, that if Islam is to avoid the materialism and secularism that come with modernity, they must Islamize the West by force.
This time, Indy's on a rescue mission: his father has gone missing on a quest for the Holy Grail, and Indy must put the clues together to locate him. Soon, Indy finds himself walking right into a trap, and he'll have to team up with his father to make it out alive.
Release Date: 1999
Genre: Action and adventure films
Harrison Ford dons his rumpled fedora for the third time as Indiana Jones, and Sean Connery joins the thrill-a-minute fun as Indy's feisty dad. The Joneses set out to find the mystically-empowered Holy Grail and encounter so many spectacular pursuits and narrow escapes that this movie is more than the culmination of Indy's exploits. Includes an interview with George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Harrison Ford following the feature film.
Author: Joseph F. O'Callaghan
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Release Date: 2014-03-10
By the middle of the fourteenth century, Christian control of the Iberian Peninsula extended to the borders of the emirate of Granada, whose Muslim rulers acknowledged Castilian suzerainty. No longer threatened by Moroccan incursions, the kings of Castile were diverted from completing the Reconquest by civil war and conflicts with neighboring Christian kings. Mindful, however, of their traditional goal of recovering lands formerly ruled by the Visigoths, whose heirs they claimed to be, the Castilian monarchs continued intermittently to assault Granada until the late fifteenth century. Matters changed thereafter, when Fernando and Isabel launched a decade-long effort to subjugate Granada. Utilizing artillery and expending vast sums of money, they methodically conquered each Naṣrid stronghold until the capitulation of the city of Granada itself in 1492. Effective military and naval organization and access to a diversity of financial resources, joined with papal crusading benefits, facilitated the final conquest. Throughout, the Naṣrids had emphasized the urgency of a jihād waged against the Christian infidels, while the Castilians affirmed that the expulsion of the "enemies of our Catholic faith" was a necessary, just, and holy cause. The fundamentally religious character of this last stage of conflict cannot be doubted, Joseph F. O'Callaghan argues.
Author: Margaret Ann Hubbard
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Release Date: 2013-02-15
This is the 30th title in the very popular, award-winning series of Vision Books on the lives of saints and heroes for youth 9 - 15 years old. Louis IX of France, who took the throne in 1226, had one aim in life - to be a good king. Guided by the advice of his mother, he ruled well and was beloved by his people. At the age of twenty-eight he took the cross of the crusade and, with his army, set out for Egypt to defeat the Saracens, the most energetic enemies of the Holy Land. Instead, the Saracens charged to victory and imprisoned Louis, whose saintly conduct while in prison shamed his captors. Released, and after another miserable failure in Palestine, he returned to France broken in health but still fired with the desire to liberate the Holy Land. And so again, St. Louis led his men out from France, this time on the last crusade.
During the bloody Albigensian Crusade of 1209 against the Cathars in the south of modern-day France, Jean of Bziers becomes an orphan. While hiding in the shadows of the hearth of a ruined home, he watches as the knights murder his parents. The scars from that experience stay with him for years to come, disturbing his sleep with dreadful nightmares, from Languedoc to Egypt and eventually to the Holy Land. An innocent but observant boy of twelve, Jean is just beginning to question the strange tenets of his persecuted Christian sect, Catharism. He becomes increasingly unable to relate his experiences to the restrictive fundamentalism of his faith or to the materialism of mainstream Catholicism. Throughout these tribulations, Jean carries on his person a document damaging to the Knights Templar, whose contents, unknown to him, could lead to their ultimate downfall and possibly to his death. When he is sold into slavery in Egypt, the Islamic culture surrounding him, his sexual awakenings and the close friendships he forms all give Jean the necessary insights to release him from his religious turmoil. His powerful love for one person and a momentous personal discovery ultimately set him free from his obsessions and give him the strength he needs to face his future.
Author: Les Martin
Release Date: 1989-06-15
The junior novelization of the third Indiana Jones adventure following Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Indiana is in search of the Holy Grail and gets caught up in all kinds of trouble.
In 1498 a young captain sailed from Portugal, circumnavigated Africa, crossed the Indian Ocean, and discovered the sea route to the Indies, opening up access to the fabled wealth of the East. It was the longest voyage known to history; the ships were pushed to their limits, their crews were racked by storms and devastated by disease. However, the greatest enemy was neither nature nor the fear of venturing into unknown worlds. With blood-red Crusader crosses emblazoned on their sails, the explorers arrived in the heart of the Muslim East at a time when the old hostilities between Christianity and Islam had intensified. In two voyages that spanned six years, Vasco da Gama would fight a running sea battle that would ultimately change the fate of three continents. The Last Crusade is an epic tale of spies, intrigue, and treachery; of bravado, brinkmanship, and confused - often comical collisions - between cultures encountering one another for the first time. With the world once again tipping back East, The Last Crusade offers a key to understanding age-old religious and cultural rivalries resurgent today.
Author: Anne Higginson Spicer
Publisher: Wentworth Press
Release Date: 2019-03-05
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Author: K. T. Tomb
Release Date: 2014-02-12
"Epic and awesome!" - J.T. Cross, bestselling author of Beneath the Deep "The best adventure novel I've read in a long time. Count me a fan. A big fan." - P.J. Day, bestselling author of The Sunset Prophecy "K.T. Tomb is a wonderful new voice in adventure fiction." - Aiden James, bestselling author of Plague of Coins During the Third Crusade, Richard the Lionheart leads his men toward Jerusalem with the intent to seize control of it from his battle nemesis, Saladin. However, a higher power has something else planned for the king's destiny...a quest for a religious relic detours these adversaries from their religious war to an odyssey that takes them across a vast desert to a legendary mountain that is as treacherous as it is magnificent. However, Richard's enemy must become his ally if they are to survive and thrive. Lives are at stake and others are interested in the treasure, too. Not to mention, there's gold and everyone wants it. In The Last Crusade, acclaimed adventure author K.T. Tomb pits two kings against each other...one Christian and one Muslim. Each must sacrifice some of his pride and power in order to fulfill a divine command of obedience on their dangerous quest as they seek the greatest treasure the world has ever known: the Holy Grail.