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Competing Voices from the Crusades

Uniquely multi-perspective, the anthology juxtaposes the recorded experiences and views of participants on the opposing sides in the Crusades. Each chapter focuses on an event, such as the Crusader massacre of the inhabitants of Jerusalem in 1099 and the Siege of Damascus in 1148, and is supported by commentary. Including some sources never before translated into English, the collection applies new perspectives to a popular and much-studied topic. In tone and range, the anthology occupies the middle ground between flimsy popular works lacking source analysis and heavy-duty scholarly works too narrow in scope to appeal to anyone but the specialist. It is perfect for college undergraduates, high school students and readers with a general interest in medieval history. The carefully-chosen contrasting contemporary views of key events, including eyewitness accounts, memoirs and elite views, are laid out in a clear and easy-to-follow format with introductory texts and contextual notes. Together, they provide a unique introduction to the most controversial events of the crusades, allowing readers to formulate their own opinions of them.
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A collection of eye-witness accounts and contemporary reports like no other - side-by-side extracts from Christian, Muslim and Byzantine participants in the Crusades.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1: Introduction and Background to the Crusading Movement CHAPTER 2: Pope Urban II's Calling of the First Crusade- 1095 CHAPTER 3: Attacks on the Jews During the First Crusade-1096- CHAPTER 4: Crusader Massacre of the Inhabitants of Jerusalem- 1099 CHAPTER 5: The Siege of Damascus During the Second Crusade- 1148 CHAPTER 6: Criticism of Crusading in the Wake of the Disastrous Second Crusade CHAPTER 7: The Crusader's Loss at the Battle of Hattin-1187 CHAPTER 8: Saladin's Conquest of Jerusalem-1187 CHAPTER 9: The Sack of Constantinople- 1204 CHAPTER 10: The Troubling Success of an Excommunicate: The Crusade of Frederick II- 1228-1229 CHAPTER 11: The Troubling Failure of a Saint: The Crusade of Louis IX- 1248-1249 CHAPTER 12: The Fall of Acre-1291 CHAPTER 13: Daily Life in the Crusades

About the Author

ANDREW HOLT is Adjunct Professor of History at the University of North Florida. He is a contributor of various articles to the forthcoming Handbook of Medieval Studies: Concepts, Methods, and Trends in Medieval Studies (Ed. Albrecht Classen. Berlin: de Gruyter). JAMES MULDOON is Professor Emeritus of Rutgers University-Camden. His many books include The Expansion of Europe: the First Phase (1977), Popes, Lawyers, and Infidels: The Church and the Non-Christian World 1250-1550 (l979) and Empire and Order: The Concept of Empire, 800-1800 (1999).


"This book is an interesting and ambitious concept, aiming to present Latin Christian, Muslim and Byzantine voices from the Crusades and, to quote the editors, to allow readers to determine for themselves how such events were interpreted and understood by the participants. A number of these extracts have appeared elsewhere, but often in specifically Crusading or Muslim-centred collections; to bring them together is a sensible move. The excerpts of primary source text are introducted by brief scene-setting comments and the entire collection is prefaced by a thoughtful and tersely argued summary of modern views of the Crusades. It also includes something usually ignored in textbooks - an excellent outline of Christian-Muslim conflict before the Crusades." - Jonathan Phillips, Times Higher Education

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