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Crusades -- as in: First Crusade to Jerusalem
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any of the more or less continuous military expeditions in the 11th to 13th centuries when Christian powers of Europe invaded Muslims in the Holy Land in the Middle East
  • Resentments date back to the Crusades.
  • One of the goals of the West in The First Crusade was to recapture Jerusalem after 461 years of Muslim rule. 03/31/08)
  • Why, we fought in the crusades with Richard the Lion Heart, crossed the Atlantic with Columbus, blazed trails with the pioneers, and today many members of the family hold prominent government positions throughout the world.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • In the first row, he recognized Mother Slaughter and Josiah Worthington, and the old earl who had been wounded in the Crusades and came home to die, and Doctor Trefusis, all of them looking solemn and important.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book

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  • Is the movement of the peoples at the time of the Crusades explained by the life and activity of the Godfreys and the Louis-es and their ladies?
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • That’s part of what the Crusades were about.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • One of your ancestors had joined the Crusades, and supposing it to be only that of St. Louis, that makes you mount to the thirteenth century, which is tolerably ancient.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • You proved that long ago …. the inquisition, the torture of the Knights Templar, the Crusades.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • "Imbuing violence with holy meaning," wrote the historian Iris Chang, "the Japanese imperial army made violence a cultural imperative every bit as powerful as that which propelled Europeans during the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition."
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Mackay had a low opinion of all Crusades.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five

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  • The Crusades must have been a little like this.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • The themes were the same that had been illuminated upon similar occasions by their mothers before them, their grandmothers, and doubtless all their ancestors in the female line clear back to the Crusades.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • And in the Bible it says Thou shalt not kill but there were the Crusades and two world wars and the Gulf War and there were Christians killing people in all of them.
    Mark Haddon  --  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
  • But now, listening to Leon sounding as if the school was embarking on the Crusades, for crying out loud, Archie was doubtful.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • They were traitors to the people of course, all of them, men, women, and children, who happened to be descendants of the great men who since the Crusades had made the glory of France: her old NOBLESSE.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • From the Crusades, to the Inquisition, to American politics—the name Jesus had been hijacked as an ally in all kinds of power struggles.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • She had swam away, her serpentine head undulating on the surface like a swimming grass-snake, and the King had hailed a passing ship which looked as if it were off to the Crusades.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Are we still living in the monstrous times of the Middle Ages, when vagabonds were permitted to display in our public places leprosy and scrofulas they had brought back from the Crusades?
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • At Fourways men had stood and talked of Napoleon, the loss of America, the execution of King Charles, the burning of the Martyrs, the Crusades, the Norman Conquest, possibly of the arrival of Caesar.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • …had returned, and of ghosts, the "former" subjects of amazement at everything, brave and noble gentlemen who smiled at being in France but wept also, delighted to behold their country once more, in despair at not finding their monarchy; the nobility of the Crusades treating the nobility of the Empire, that is to say, the nobility of the sword, with scorn; historic races who had lost the sense of history; the sons of the companions of Charlemagne disdaining the companions of Napoleon.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Cold Sassy is the kind of town where schoolteachers spend two months every fall drilling on Greek and Roman gods, the kings and queens of England, the Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition, Marco Polo, Magellan, Columbus, the first Thanksgiving, Oglethorpe settling Georgia, and how happy the slaves were before the War.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • I think it dates back to the Crusades.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • When it was first turning out cruisers and destroyers the Crusades were in full swing.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • I knew about the Crusades, and I knew that there had been fighting and atrocities forever.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • The Crusades weren’t all about one culture trying to inflict their religious views on another.
    Meg Cabot  --  Queen of Babble
  • He said the Templars brought the Angelus back from the Crusades, and it is really an adaptation of a Moslem custom.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • He wore the scarlet robes that a knight who might have served during the Crusades, or possibly the Inquisition, would have worn.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • I caught one of those master’s thesis assignments he chucked around so casually; I had suggested that the Crusades were different from most wars.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • And so, might I courteously remind you that, although the Crusades did stimulate international commerce, they did anything but bring about international reconciliation.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Thus, towards the end of the eighteenth century a change came about which, if I were rewriting history, I should describe more fully and think of greater importance than the Crusades or the Wars of the Roses.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • Hema was the songbird, but when provoked her voice was as sharp as Saladin’s scimitar, which, according to my Richard the Lion Hearted and the Crusades, could divide a silk scarf allowed to float down onto the blade’s edge.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Throughout history, says Tolstoy, there has been an endless series of these "epidemic suggestions"–for example, the Crusades, the search for the Philosopher’s Stone, the craze for tulip growing which once swept over Holland, and so on and so forth.
    George Orwell  --  Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool
  • The Crusades and the wars of the English decimated the nobles and divided their possessions; the erection of communities introduced an element of democratic liberty into the bosom of feudal monarchy; the invention of fire-arms equalized the villein and the noble on the field of battle; printing opened the same resources to the minds of all classes; the post was organized so as to bring the same information to the door of the poor man’s cottage and to the gate of the palace; and…
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • The Banner led great, brave crusades—on issues that had no opposition.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Combating mitigation has become one of the great crusades in commercial aviation in the past fifteen years.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Outliers
  • The first record of this unusual arrangement was when Virgil Butler had been contracted as servant, bodyguard and cook to Lord Hugo de Pole for one of the first great Norman crusades.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • I was up in my room at college, studying about Peter the Hermit and Walter the Penniless for my history exam on the crusades the coming Monday, when the hall phone rang.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • Provided that meetings, pamphlets, policies, movements, causes, and crusades, matter more to him than prayers and sacraments and charity, he is ours—and the more "religious" (on those terms) the more securely ours.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • And yet-he thought —through all the generations of political extortion, it was not the looting bureaucrats who had taken the blame, but the chained industrialists, not the men who peddled legal favors, but the men who were forced to buy them; and through all those generations of crusades against corruption, the remedy had always been, not the liberating of the victims, but the granting of wider powers for extortion to the extortionists.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • This formula, indeed, of the shining hero going against the dragon has been the great device of self-justification for all crusades.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • And he, still following up the idea of Forcheville’s noble birth, which had obsessed him all through dinner, began again with: "I am treating a Baroness just now, Baroness Putbus; weren’t there some Putbuses in the Crusades?
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • But the Crusades arrive.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • It has accomplished wonders far surpassing Egyptian pyramids, Roman aqueducts, and Gothic cathedrals; it has conducted expeditions that put in the shade all former Exoduses of nations and crusades.
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • His own character being light, profligate, and perfidious, John easily attached to his person and faction, not only all who had reason to dread the resentment of Richard for criminal proceedings during his absence, but also the numerous class of "lawless resolutes," whom the crusades had turned back on their country, accomplished in the vices of the East, impoverished in substance, and hardened in character, and who placed their hopes of harvest in civil commotion.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Men of crusades!
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • Newspapers launched crusades against pestilent alleys and excess smoke and identified the worst offenders in print—among them Burnham’s newly opened Masonic Temple, which the Chicago Tribune likened to Mount Vesuvius.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • Dressed all in white, and clutching firmly in their small hands the tiny stems of American flags, the pigmies, monstrous as only children can be when they become the witless mouths of slogans and crusades, charged hungrily, uttering their shrill cries, upon their Gulliver.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Any questioning of his fluent figures about tuberculosis, any hint that the cause of decline in the disease may have been natural growth of immunity and not the crusades against spitting and stale air, Pickerbaugh regarded as a criticism of his honesty in making such crusades.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Compare the four hundred lives that a few swimming pool precautions might save to the number of lives saved by far noisier crusades: child-resistant packaging (an estimated fifty lives a year), flame-retardant pajamas (ten lives), keeping children away from airbags in cars (fewer than five young children a year have been killed by airbags since their introduction), and safety drawstrings on children’s clothing (two lives).
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • The Children’s Crusade struck him as only slightly more sordid than the ten Crusades for grown-ups.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
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as in: a crusade against pollution Define
long and determined effort for a cause that is passionately believed to be important
as in: First Crusade to Jerusalem Define
any of the more or less continuous military expeditions in the 11th to 13th centuries when Christian powers of Europe invaded Muslims in the Holy Land in the Middle East
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