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Madden, Thomas F.

Works: 89 works in 453 publications in 7 languages and 19,105 library holdings
Genres: History  Church history  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Narrator, Speaker, Director, Other, Creator
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Most widely held works by Thomas F Madden
Crusades : the illustrated history( Book )

14 editions published between 2004 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 1,475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Crusades were a centuries-long series of military campaigns in a violent struggle between the Christian and Islamic worlds. Such wars were fought not only against Islamic empires in Asia Minor, the Holy Land and throughout the Mediterranean region, but also within Europe against heretics, pagans, and opponents of the Church. Crusades traces these major expeditions and focuses on key episodes such as the titanic struggles over Jerusalem and Constantinople. War, however, is not the whole story: the encounter between East and West opened the eyes of Europeans to the world outside; it stimulated trade and the exchange of ideas; and it reintroduced important parts of Europe's classical literary heritage. The legacy of the Crusades is most evident today in castles, churches, and Moorish architecture, but more surprising is its contribution to developments in areas such as banking, science, engineering, medicine and philosophy." "With an authoritative and accessible text by a team of specialist historians, this book not only provides a narrative of the major crusades but also looks at the complex background to events, including the divisions within the major religions - Latin and Orthodox Christians, Shia and Sunni Muslims. Beautifully illustrated throughout, Crusades brings history vividly to life. Anyone who wishes to probe the historical roots of 21st-century tensions between Islam and the West, or simply to learn about one of the most fascinating phenomena of the Middle Ages, will find this book endlessly informative and enriching. Book jacket."--Jacket
A concise history of the Crusades by Thomas F Madden( Book )

18 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in English and held by 1,237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book places the crusades within the medieval social, economic, religious, and intellectual environments that gave birth to the movement and nurtured it for centuries." (rear cover)
The new Concise history of the Crusades by Thomas F Madden( Book )

23 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 835 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How have the crusades contributed to Islamist rage and terrorism today? Were the crusades the Christian equivalent of modern jihad? In this sweeping yet crisp history, Thomas Madden offers a narrative of the crusades and their contemporary relevance." "Placing all the major crusades within their medieval social, economic, religious, and intellectual environments, Madden explores the uniquely medieval world that led untold thousands to leave their homes, family, and friends to march in Christ's name to distant lands. From Palestine and Europe's farthest reaches, each crusade is recounted in clear, concise narrative. The author gives special attention as well to the crusades' effects on the Islamic world and the Christian Byzantine East."--Jacket
Venice : a new history by Thomas F Madden( Book )

13 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in English and held by 833 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overview: An extraordinary chronicle of Venice, its people, and its grandeur. Thomas Madden's majestic, sprawling history of Venice is the first full portrait of the city in English in almost thirty years. Using long-buried archival material and a wealth of newly translated documents, Madden weaves a spellbinding story of a place and its people, tracing an arc from the city's humble origins as a lagoon refuge to its apex as a vast maritime empire and Renaissance epicenter to its rebirth as a modern tourist hub. Madden explores all aspects of Venice's breathtaking achievements: the construction of its unparalleled navy, its role as an economic powerhouse and birthplace of capitalism, its popularization of opera, the stunning architecture of its watery environs, and more. He sets these in the context of the rise and fall of the Byzantine Empire, the endless waves of Crusades to the Holy Land, and the awesome power of Turkish sultans. And perhaps most critically, Madden corrects the stereotype of Shakespeare's money-lending Shylock that has distorted the Venetian character, uncovering instead a much more complex and fascinating story, peopled by men and women whose ingenuity and deep faith profoundly altered the course of civilization
Christianity at the crossroads : the Reformations of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries by Thomas F Madden( )

15 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 738 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Professor Madden explores the reformations that swept across Christendom in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The impact of these reforms affected government, popes, and kings as well as commoners, for at this time the Church was an omnipresent part of European identity, and the import of Church reforms on every level of life at this time simply cannot be underestimated
The decline and fall of Rome by Thomas F Madden( )

13 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 727 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Professor Madden correlates the principles of Roman conduct -- both governmental and military -- that would forever change the world. Rome was an empire unlike the world had ever seen and one that will likely never be duplicated. People with personages of great distinction and even greater ambition, at once notable for humanity's great promise and flawed nature, the Roman Empire contributed many of history's proudest advancements
One, holy, Catholic, and apostolic : a history of the church in the middle ages by Thomas F Madden( )

13 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 711 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Series of lectures that covers the intrigue and politics swirling about the Medieval Church, exploring the compelling events that shaped culture and forever altered history, from the Monophysite Controversy to reform movements to the Inquisition, Black Death, and Great Schism
The Catholic Church in the modern age by Thomas F Madden( )

3 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 658 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Professor Madden focuses on a Church both adapting to a world in flux and striving to secure its influence and power. Throughout modernity, the Church responded to and weathered a host of major events: the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, colonization of the New World, and of course the World Wars that in large part defined the twentieth century
Istanbul : city of majesty at the crossroads of the world by Thomas F Madden( Book )

5 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 634 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Perched at the tip of Europe, gazing across to the shores of Asia, Istanbul remains as much a city of crossroads as it has been for the past two millennia. The history of this fabled metropolis--known at first as Byzantion, then Constantinople, and now Istanbul--is glorious, grandiose, and astounding. No other city has stood at the center of world events for so long, a home to great empires and diverse cultures from the Greeks to the Romans, the Italians to the Armenians, the Ottomans to the modern Turks. Prizewinning historian Thomas F. Madden's tremendous new biography of this mysterious city captures centuries of triumph and defeat, riches and poverty, seen through the lives of those who inhabited it: the emperors and empresses, craftsmen and architects, sailors and fishermen, street vendors and harem concubines. This book propels the reader on a journey of Mediterranean commerce, thought, religion, and power, running through ancient roads, wharfs, forums, and palaces. Excavating centuries of firsthand accounts, Madden sets this history against the background of men and women who forever changed their worlds, including Alexander the Great, Constantine, Empress Theodora, Mehmed the Conqueror, Suleiman the Magnificent, and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. Witness the construction of the massive Theodosian Walls, the embellishment of rich Hagia Sophia, and the transformation and revitalization of the Golden Horn district. From 667 BC to President Erdoğan's tumultuous twenty-first century presidency, Madden's account not only questions how we think of Istanbul's past, but also examines what we can learn from a people who have withstood invasion and threat time and time again. Through the long gaze of Madden's stirring narrative, we experience the strength of a people who endure at the intersection of faith, geography, and ideology.--Adapted from dust jacket
Empires of trust how Rome built, and America is building, a new world by Thomas F Madden( )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 606 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Explores surprising parallels between the Roman and American republics. By making friends of enemies and demonstrating a commitment to fairness, the two republics, both 'reluctant' yet unquestioned super-powers, built empires based on trust. Madden also includes vital lessons from the Roman Republic's 100-year struggle with 'terrorism'"--Publisher's web site
From Jesus to Christianity : a history of the early church by Thomas F Madden( )

13 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 598 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Saint Louis University professor Thomas F. Madden delivers lectures on the history of the early Church and the spread of Christianity through the Roman Empire
"God wills it!" understanding the Crusades by Thomas F Madden( )

12 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 596 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this course, Saint Louis University professor Thomas F. Madden discusses the history of the Crusades as well as their legacy
The Fourth Crusade : the conquest of Constantinople by Donald E Queller( Book )

26 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in English and held by 586 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Upon this rock a history of the papacy from Peter to John Paul II by Thomas F Madden( )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 570 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How the papacy, the world's oldest institution, gave birth to the West. Since Jesus Christ instructed the foremost of his Apostles, Peter, that he would be the rock upon which Christ would build his church, the papacy has survived the rise and fall of empires while continuing to assert an undeniable influence on world events
Heaven or heresy a history of the Inquisition by Thomas F Madden( )

10 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 569 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Inquisition conjures Gothic images of cloaked figures and barbarous torture chambers. So enmeshed is this view of the Inquisition in popular culture that such scenes play out even in comedies, but is this a fair portrayal? How was the Inquisition perceived in its own time? Professor Madden delivers a series of lectures exploring all facets of the Inquisition, including the religious and political climate of its time and the Inquisition's relationship to heresy and reformation
Odyssey of the West : a classic education through the great books by Timothy Baker Shutt( )

3 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A richly detailed look at St. Augustine, Beowulf, St. Thomas Aquinas, Aurthurian legends, Dante, Gothic art, and other highlights of the period. Through the course of these lectures, it becomes apparent that the "dark" ages were in fact a time of immense achievement, and a time that richly rewards those who study its art and philosophies
Empire of gold : a history of the Byzantine empire by Thomas F Madden( )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 522 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A series of lectures on the history of the remarkable culture and state that developed out of the ancient Roman Empire, particularly its eastern portion, throughout the Middle Ages. Begins in the third century and continues over the next thousand years
Empires of trust : how Rome built--and America is building--a new world by Thomas F Madden( Book )

11 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and Chinese and held by 483 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Draws parallels between the histories of the United States and Rome, evaluating how ancient world decisions about such topics as the separation of church and state and the over-extension of the military can inform issues being faced by modern America
Enrico Dandolo & the rise of Venice by Thomas F Madden( Book )

32 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 474 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Thomas F. Madden traces the city-state's extraordinary rise through the life of Enrico Dandolo (c. 1107-1205), who ruled Venice as doge from 1192 until his death. The scion of a prosperous merchant family deeply involved in politics, religion, and diplomacy, Dandolo led Venice's forces during the disastrous Fourth Crusade (1201-1204), which set out to conquer Islamic Egypt but instead destroyed Christian Byzantium. Yet despite his influence on the course of Venetian history, we know little about Dandolo, and much of what is known has been distorted by myth." "The first full-length study devoted to Dandolo's life and times, Enrico Dandolo and the Rise of Venice corrects the many misconceptions about him which have accumulated over the centuries, offering an accurate and incisive assessment of Dandolo's motives, abilities, and achievements as doge, as well as his role - and Venice's - in the Fourth Crusade. Madden also examines the means and methods by which the Dandolo family rose to prominence during the preceding century, thus illuminating medieval Venice's singular political, social, and religious environment. Culminating with the crisis precipitated by the failure of the Fourth Crusade, Madden's work reveals the extent to which Dandolo and his successors became torn between the anxieties and apprehensions of Venice's citizens and its escalating obligations as a Mediterranean power."--Jacket
The crusades : the essential readings by Thomas F Madden( Book )

17 editions published between 2002 and 2005 in English and Spanish and held by 453 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Crusades : the illustrated history
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Madden, Thomas F.

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Thomas Madden historiador estadounidense

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A concise history of the CrusadesThe new Concise history of the CrusadesThe Fourth Crusade : the conquest of ConstantinopleEmpires of trust : how Rome built--and America is building--a new worldEnrico Dandolo & the rise of VeniceThe crusades : the essential readings