RELIGIOUS CONFLICTS ARE almost always actually about something other than dogma: usually territory, grazing or water rights, trade, or power. So the pretext for the crusades might have been the recapture of Jerusalem, but medieval Europe’s enthusiasm for war in the Holy Land was motivated less by Christian fervour than by the prospect of plunder in the wealthy Muslim world.
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If you're a book prize follower, here's an interesting article in @Lit_Review on the origins of the Prix Goncourt. "Calling themselves ‘Juledmond’ – Jedward eat your heart out – the Goncourts shunned salaried work in favour of eking out their inheritance"