A History of the Crusades, Volume 1

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Cambridge University Press, 1987 - History - 394 pages
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Sir Steven Runciman's three volume A History of the Crusades, one of the great classics of English historical writing, is now being reissued. This volume deals completely with the First Crusade and the foundation of the kingdom of Jerusalem. As Runciman says in his preface: 'Whether we regard the Crusades as the most tremendous and most romantic of Christian adventures, or as the last of the barbarian invasions, they form a central fact in medieval history. Before their inception the centre of our civilization was placed in Byzantium and in the lands of the Arab caliphate. Before they faded out the hegemony in civilization had passed to western Europe. Out of this transference modern history was born.'
  

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User Review  - waltzmn - LibraryThing

The style is there. What about the substance? Let there be no mistake: Steven Runciman's work on the crusades is brilliantly written. Stylistically, it is one of the great works of the historian's art ... Read full review

Review: A History of the Crusades, Vol. I: The First Crusade and the Foundations of the Kingdom of Jerusalem (A History of the Crusades #1)

User Review  - David - Goodreads

An in depth view of the first crusade and its leaders, fascinating topic and well written narrative, Runcimans passion for the subject really comes through and makes a good book great Read full review

Contents

The Abomination of Desolation
3
The Reign of Antichrist
20
in The Pilgrims of Christ
38
Towards Disaster
51
Holy Peace and Holy War
83
The Peoples Expedition
121
The Campaign in Asia Minor
175
Armenian Interlude
195
Principal Sources for the History of the
327
BIBLIOGRAPHY
342
Index
361
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Sir Steven Runciman (1903 2000) was the pre-eminent historian of the Crusades and the Byzantine Empire. His acclaimed History of the Crusades was first published from 1951 4.

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