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The Crusades: A History


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Maps Preface to Second Edition Preface to First Edition Introduction 1. The Birth of the Crusading Movement: The Preaching of the First Crusade 2. The Course of the First Crusade 3. The Holy Places and the Catholic Patriarchates of Jerusalem and Antioch 4. Settlement, Government and Defence of the Latin East, 1097-1187 5. Crusading in Adolescence, 1102-1187 6. Crusading Comes of Age, 1187-1229 7. Crusading in Maturity, 1229-c.1291 8. The Latin East, 1192-c.1291 9. The Variety of Crusading, c.1291-1523 10. The Old Age and Death of the Crusading Movement, 1523-1798 Afterword Bibliography

About the Author

Jonathan Riley-Smith is Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History, University of Cambridge. His many publications on the Crusades and Crusading include What Were the Crusades?; The Oxford History of the Crusades; and The First Crusade and the Idea of Crusading.


"'When it was first published in 1987, Jonathan Riley-Smith's The Crusades was acclaimed as the most comprehensive and authoritative survey of the crusading movement written by a British historian. This new edition includes numerous revisions and additions which bring his treatment of the subject up to date. The book is written with verve and insight, and will give this excellent text a fresh lease of life.' -- Professor Norman Housley, University of Leicester '[Riley-Smith] presents the most comprehensive and up-to-date discussion of the crusading phenomenon in all its manifestations. [This] is the first scholarly history of the crusades that attempts to delineate the major perceptions of crusading in modern times from Sir Walter Scott to Osama bin Laden.' -- Prof. Benjamin Z. Kedar, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem '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

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