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Black Legends: The Crusades

Pedro_Berruguete_-_Saint_Dominic_Presiding_over_an_Auto-da-fe_(1475)September 10, 2013   The Crusades

This first session treated the topic of the Crusades and attempted to dispel many erroneous notions about them. More than sixty were in attendance.

By request, here are some of the books references in the presentation:


  • Madden, Thomas F. A Concise History of the Crusades (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc., 1999).
  • Moczar, Diane. Seven Lies About Catholic History (TAN Books, 2010), Chapter 3 pp. 53-74.
  • Riley-Smith, Jonathan. The Crusades, Christianity, and Islam (Columbia University Press, 2008).
  • Riley-Smith, Jonathan. What Were the Crusades? (Ignatius Press, 3rd ed., 2002).



  • Ibn Warraq (ed./trans.). The Quest For the Historical Muhammad (Prometheus Books, 2000).
  • Bostom, Andrew G. (ed ). The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism (Prometheus Books, 2008).
  • Fregosi, Paul. Jihad (Prometheus Books, 1998)..
  • Walker, Paul E. Caliph of Cairo (American Univ. in Cairo Press, 2012).



  • Bradford, Ernle. The Great Siege: Malta 1565 (Harcourt, Brace & World 1961; republished 1970).
  • Queller, Donald E., and Madden, Thomas F. The Fourth Crusade: The Conquest of Constantinople, 2nd ed. (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1997).



Future sessions:
October 8          The Inquisition
November 12    Did Columbus Prove the Earth is Round?
December 10    Church, Copernicus & Galileo


Second Tuesday of each Month    7:00:8:30 p.m.    Halpine Room


Catholics always seem to be apologizing.
Has the Church really been all that bad?

Explore the facts behind the legends of Catholic history.—facts which are sometimes shocking, often surprising, sometimes even inspiring. Learn what they should have taught you in school but didn’t.

Expect to get mad.
Expect to get informed.
Bring your anti-Catholic friends.
Expect them to get mad—and informed—too.

This is not just history. Learn what the Church actually teaches about war, religious toleration, science versus Scripture, etc.

Questions, comments and arguments welcome.

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