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Contesting the Crusades
This is a historiographical work - it looks at the work of previous historians, considering how personal bias may have influenced their work and what interpretations have been popular at different times. Housley considers the motivations for the crusades - were they just cynical manipulation of the people by the church, or were they genuine expressions of religious devotion by the general population? The book seems primarily aimed at an academic readership, but I feel that it is clear enough to be read by the interested non-academic reader, although I think some previous knowledge of the history of the Crusades would be very useful.