Historical Atlas of the Crusades

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Checkmark Books, 2002 - History - 191 pages
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In November 1095, Pope Urban II called on Christian rulers and European knights to drive the Muslims from the Holy Land and reclaim Jerusalem for Christendom. The resulting wars lasted for more than three centuries, and their effects are still felt today, as conflicts between Christians and Muslims continue to flare throughout the world. Historical Atlas of the Crusades chronicles this turning point in European history.

Containing evidence from the latest discoveries and research, this book examines the causes, developments, and people who fought for their faith and themselves. Among the topics covered are the first encounters between the Frankish states of Western Europe and the more advanced cultures of the Moslem world, the personal ambition and financial reward that often overcame religious fervor, and the eventual bitter power struggle that resulted. Highly readable historical accounts are accompanied by dozens of specially commissioned maps and more than 160 superb illustrations-many of which have never been published-to provide a rich tapestry of this medieval era.

Coverage includes:
  • Jerusalem the Holy: The Holy Land under the Romans and Byzantines, the Moslem faith, Arab conquests
  • All the Powers in Christendom: The Crusaders: The church in the eleventh century, the papacy and the revolutionary pope, the Holy Roman Empire
  • God Wills It: The First Crusade: The peasant s crusade, pogroms and anti-semitism in the crusading era, the Byzantines and the crusaders
  • Dreams of Empire: Creating a Christian Kingdom: The march on Jerusalem, sacrifice, the defense of the realm, creation of a kingdom
  • Outremer: The Holy Kingdom: The kingdom of Jerusalem, the principality of Antioch, crusading castles
  • Jihad: The Arabic Response: Jihad and the Islamic will, the search for a savior
  • Richard and Saladin: The Third Crusade: Richard the Lionheart, Crete, dissent in the crusading ranks
  • Sword and Scimitar: Crusading Warfare: Frankish warfare, the Moslem art of war, sieges and strategic objectives
  • The Fourth Crusade: The decline of Byzantium, the sack of Constantinople
  • The Last Crusades: The new crusaders, the Mongols, battleground in the Holy Land.

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About the author (2002)

Originally from the Orkney Islands, Angus Konstam was the curator of arms and armor at the Tower of London and is currently the chief curator of the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, FL, setting up major exhibitions throughout the eastern seaboard of North America. He is the author of Historical Atlas of Exploration for Facts On File/Checkmark Books and lives in Key West.

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