Franks and Saracens: Reality and Fantasy in the Crusades

Author(s) : Avner Falk

Franks and Saracens: Reality and Fantasy in the Crusades

Book Details

  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : 2010
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 238
  • Category :
    Group Psychotherapy
  • Category 2 :
    Psychoanalysis
  • Catalogue No : 28422
  • ISBN 13 : 9781855757332
  • ISBN 10 : 1855757338

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This is the first and only book to examine the Crusades from the added viewpoint of psychoanalysis, studying the hidden emotions and fantasies that drove the Crusaders and the Muslims to undertake their terrible wars. The reader will learn that the deepest and most powerful motives for the Crusades were not only religious or territorial - or the quest for lands, wealth or titles - but also unconscious emotions and fantasies about one's country, one's religion, one's enemies, God and the Devil, Us and Them. The book also demonstrates the collective inability to mourn large-group losses and the collective needs of large groups such as nations and religions to develop a clear identity, to have boundaries, and to have enemies and allies. Motives which the Crusaders and the Muslims were not aware of were among the most powerful in driving several centuries of terrible and seemingly endless warfare.

About the Author(s)

Dr Avner Falk is an internationally-known Israeli scholar in the interdisciplinary fields of psychohistory and political psychology. In addition to a long career in clinical psychology and psychotherapy, he has published dozens of articles and ten books in these fields, as well as in psychobiography, psychogeography, the psychoanalysis of literature, and other areas of applied psychoanalysis. His psychobiography of Barack Obama is due to be published in summer 2010.

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