The First Crusade

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Cambridge University Press, 1980 - History - 201 pages
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When Pope Urban II rose to his feet to address the multitudes gathered before him at the Council of Clermont in 1095, his appeal was simple: let Western Christendom march to the aid of their brethren in the East. Whether the Crusades are regarded as the most idealistic of Christian expeditions or the last of the barbarian invasions, they remain one of the most exciting adventure stories in history. Steven Runicman's History of the Crusades has been acclaimed as a fascinating account of the historic journey to save the Holy Land from the infidel. This abridgment makes accessible to broader readership one of the most compelling historical narratives.
 

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User Review  - RandyStafford - LibraryThing

My reaction to reading this book in 1993. An enjoyable, thoroughly researched book. I learned a lot of interesting things. First, my suspicions about the old idea of the Crusades being motivated by ... Read full review

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User Review  - iftyzaidi - LibraryThing

A wonderfully readable and scholarly work. For many, many years this was the definitive account of the First Crusade (later volumes deal with the history of the Kingdom of Jerusalem and later crusades ... Read full review

Contents

The reign of Antichrist
1
The pilgrims of Christ
13
Confusion in the East
23
Holy peace and holy war
33
The summoning
41
The peoples expedition
52
The German crusade
62
The Princes and the Emperor
69
Armenian interlude
110
Before the walls of Antioch
126
The possession of Antioch
145
The road to Jerusalem
169
The triumph of the Cross
181
Epilogue
190
Index
193
Copyright

The campaign in Asia Minor
94

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About the author (1980)

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 1951-1954.

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