A History of the Crusades: The kingdom of Jerusalem and the Frankish East, 1100-1187

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CUP Archive, 1987 - History - 538 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 describes the Frankish states of Outremer from the accession of King Baldwin I to the re-conquest of Jerusalem by Saladin. As Runciman says in his preface, 'The politics of the Moslem world in the early twelfth-century defy straightforward analysis, but they must be understood if we are to understand the establishment of the Crusader states and the later causes of the recovery of Islam € The main theme in this volume is warfare € I have followed the example of the old chroniclers, who knew their business; for war was the background to life in Outremer and the hazards of the battlefield often decided its destiny.'
 

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Review: A History of the Crusades, Vol. II: The Kingdom of Jerusalem and the Frankish East, 1100-1187 (A History of the Crusades #2)

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Okay, so I mainly read the bits about Balian of Ibelin because I have a serious crush on the guy, but Runciman's history book is the best I've ever read. I don't even like non-fiction all that much, but I've gone back and reread bits of this multiple times. Read full review

Review: A History of the Crusades, Vol. II: The Kingdom of Jerusalem and the Frankish East, 1100-1187 (A History of the Crusades #2)

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Put this one back on the shelf. Too depressing. Read full review

Contents

CONTENTS
44
frontispiece
45
Northern Syria in the twelfth century page 109
46
Outremer and its Neighbours 3
3
The Crusades of 1101 18
18
King Baldwin II
143
Southern Syria in the twelfth century
145
The Second Generation
187
The Rise of Nur edDin
325
The Return of the Emperor
345
The Lure of Egypt
362
Egypt in the twelfth century
363
Moslem Unity
403
The Horns of Hattin
436
Galilee
438
Principal Sources for the History of the
475

The Kingdom of Jerusalem in the twelfth century
189
The Gathering of the Kings
247
Seals of Baldwin III King of Jerusalem
vi
Life in Outremer page
291
Jerusalem under the Latin Kings
293
The Batde of Hattin
486
BIBLIOGRAPHY
494
VTII Aleppo
495
Index
501
Copyright

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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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