The Crusades: A History

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Yale University Press, 2005 - History - 353 pages
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Jonathan Riley-Smith here provides a comprehensive history of the Crusades: an account of the theology of violence behind the Crusades, the major Crusades, the experience of crusading, and the crusaders themselves. With a wealth of fascinating detail, Riley-Smith brings to life these stirring expeditions to the Holy Land and the politics and personalities behind them. His book will be the standard and authoritative account of the Crusades for years to come. This new edition includes revisions throughout as well as a new Preface and Afterword in which 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.

From reviews of the first edition:

"Everything is here: the crusades to the Holy Land, and against the Albigensians, the Moors, the pagans in Eastern Europe, the Turks, and the enemies of the popes. Riley-Smith writes a beautiful, lucid prose, . . . [and his book] is packed with facts and action."--Choice

"A concise, clearly written synthesis . . . by one of the leading historians of the crusading movement. "--Robert S. Gottfried, Historian

"A lively and flowing narrative [with] an enormous cast of characters that is not a mere catalog but a history. . . . A remarkable achievement."--Thomas E. Morrissey, Church History

"Superb."--Reuven S. Avi-Yonah, Speculum

"A first-rate one-volume survey of the Crusading movement from 1074 . . . to 1798."--Southwest Catholic


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The Preaching of the First Crusade
2 The Course of the First Crusade
3 The Holy Places and the Patriarchates of Jerusalem and Antioch
4 Settlement Government and Defence of the Latin East 10971187
5 Crusading in Adolescence 11021187
6 Crusading Comes of Age 11871229
7 Crusading in Maturity 1229c 1291
8 The Latin East 1192c 1291
9 The Variety of Crusading c 12911523
10 The Old Age and Death of the Crusading Movement 15231798

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Jonathan Riley-Smith, Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History, University of Cambridge, is the author or editor of many books on the Crusades and the Middle Ages.

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