The First Crusade: A New History

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Oxford University Press, 2005 - History - 408 pages
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In The First Crusade, Thomas Asbridge offers a gripping account of a titanic three-year adventure filled with miraculous victories, greedy princes, and barbarity on a vast scale. Beginning with the electrifying speech delivered by Pope Urban II on the last Tuesday of November in the year 1095, readers will follow the more than 100,000 men who took up the call from their mobilization in Europe (where great waves of anti-Semitism resulted in the deaths of thousands of Jews), to their arrival in Constanstinople, an exotic, opulent city--ten times the size of any city in Europe--that bedazzled the Europeans. Featured in vivid detail are the siege of Nicaea and the pivotal battle for Antioch, the single most important military engagement of the entire expedition, where the crusaders, in desparate straits, routed a larger and better equipped Muslim army. Through all this, the crusaders were driven on by intense religious devotion, convinced that their struggle would earn them the reward of eternal paradise in Heaven. But when a hardened core finally reached Jerusalem in 1099 they unleahsed an unholy wave of brutality, slaughtering thousands of Muslims--men, women, and children--all in the name of Christianity.
The First Crusade marked a watershed in relations between Islam and the West, a conflict that set these two world religions on a course toward deep-seated animosity and enduring enmity. The chilling reverberations of this earth-shattering clash still echo in the world today.
  

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This was a great introduction to the Crusades. - Goodreads
This was a fascinating depiction of the First Crusade. - Goodreads
Asbridge knows his stuff and writes in beautiful prose. - Goodreads

Review: The First Crusade - A New History: The Roots of Conflict Between Christianity and Islam

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Very good overview of the characters and events of the First Crusade. Sometimes a bit anti-Christianity/West, but that was at times deserved. Liked the use of original sources, with lots of historical ... Read full review

Review: The First Crusade - A New History: The Roots of Conflict Between Christianity and Islam

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(4.5 stars) An excellent introduction to the first crusade (and it's not a pretty story - though quite fascinating). Read full review

Contents

1 HOLY WAR PROCLAIMED
1
2 AFIRE WITH CRUSADING FEVER
40
3 THE JOURNEY TO BYZANTIUM
83
4 THE FIRST STORM OF WAR
117
5 BEFORE THE WALLS OF ANTIOCH
153
6 TIGHTENING THE SCREW
188
7 TO THE EDGE OF ANNIHILATION
212
8 DESCENT INTO DISCORD
241
10 THE HOLY CITY
295
11 AFTERMATH
320
Conclusion
334
Glossary
341
Chronology
342
Notes
345
Bibliography
380
Index
397

9 THE FALTERING PATH
271

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About the author (2005)


Thomas Asbridge is Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at Queen Mary, University of London.

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