The Crusades (second Edition): A History

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Bloomsbury Academic, Jul 30, 2005 - History - 353 pages
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The Crusades: A History is a comprehensive, single-volume history of the Crusades, from their beginnings in the eleventh century through to their decline and eventual ending at the close of the eighteenth century. As well as providing an account of the major Crusades, the book describes the organization of a Crusade, the experience of crusading and the Crusaders themselves.

In a new preface and afterword, Jonathan Riley-Smith surveys recent developments in the field and examines responses to the Crusades in different periods, from the Romantics to the Islamic world today. The book concludes with a challenge to a historiographical tradition that has often been fraught with controversy.

In a fully revised second edition, this remains the standard and authoritative account of the fascinating history of the Crusades.

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Review: The Crusades: A Short History

User Review  - Jack - Goodreads

Exceptional. A really good overall exploration of the Crusades from start to finish. I appreciated the extensive discussion about the realities the Western Powers (wars/dynastic struggles/other ... Read full review

Review: The Crusades: A Short History

User Review  - Johnny - Goodreads

Insofar as facts and data were concerned, it did a fine job. It was short and concise, not given to much verbiage-burble or sesquipedalian antics, which style was very fitting for this essay-like book, pulling no punches and taking no rabbit-trails. Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Jonathan Riley-Smith is Emeritus Professor of Ecclesiastical History, University of Cambridge. His many publications on the Crusades include What Were the Crusades?, The Oxford History of the Crusades and Hospitallers.

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