Crusades, The: A Reader

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Overview

The crusades have always been a source of fascination and debate. With current world events, that interest has only grown as people try to understand the sources of conflict between the Middle East and Europe, and between Islamic and Christian peoples. This beautiful addition to the Readings in Medieval Civilizations and Cultures series brings together an unprecedented range of primary source texts on the topic from the medieval era. Of special note are the non-Christian materials—Muslim and Jewish sources—included along with standard European Christian texts. Also included are Greek sources, materials on Latin crusader states, and a chapter on Spain. Ideological, economic, social, and cultural issues are covered along with the more standard military and political concerns.

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What People Are Saying

Jonathan Riley-Smith

This collection of translated sources is one of the most comprehensive yet assembled. It covers the centuries from the late eleventh to the early sixteenth and includes texts illustrating actions in theatres-of-war which are often ignored such as Spain, the Baltic region and the interior of western Europe. It is to be recommended as a very congenial and informative introduction to a large, complex and historically important subject.

Thomas F. Madden

The most extensive collection of translated sources for the crusades available today. The editors have brought together a wealth of material from Muslim and Christian sources dealing with a wide array of subjects. The editors’ approach to the crusades is expansive, beginning with early ideas of holy war and extending to the waning of the movement and its effect on the subsequent age of discovery.

From the Publisher

This collection of translated sources is one of the most comprehensive yet assembled. It covers the centuries from the late eleventh to the early sixteenth and includes texts illustrating actions in theatres-of-war which are often ignored such as Spain, the Baltic region and the interior of western Europe. It is to be recommended as a very congenial and informative introduction to a large, complex and historically important subject.

The most extensive collection of translated sources for the crusades available today. The editors have brought together a wealth of material from Muslim and Christian sources dealing with a wide array of subjects. The editors’ approach to the crusades is expansive, beginning with early ideas of holy war and extending to the waning of the movement and its effect on the subsequent age of discovery.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442600027
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Series: Readings in Medieval Civilizations and Cultures Series , #8
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 430
  • Sales rank: 359,407
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

S.J. Allen is a faculty member in Arts and Humanities at Open University in the UK.

Emilie Amt is the Hildegarde Pilgram Professor of History at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

I. Background and Origins

1. The Pilgrimage of Etheria

2. Augustine of Hippo on the Just War

3. The Quran

4. Al-Baladhuri on Early Muslim Conquests

5. The Pact of Omar

6. Early Indulgences

7. Ibnu Hayyan on Warfare in
Spain

8. The Song of Roland

9. Declaration of the Truce of God

10. Accounts of the Seljuk Conquests

11. Gregory VII's Call for Assistance to the Greeks

II. The First Crusade

12. Urban II's Call for a Crusade

13. Albert of Aachen on the Peasants' Crusade

14. Solomon Bar Samson on the Massacres of Jews

15. Anna Comnena's Alexiad

16. The Deeds of the Franks

17. Letter of Stephen of Blois

18. Anselm of Ribemont on Events at Antioch

19. Ralph of Caen on Divisions among the Crusaders

20. Raymond of Aguilers on the Fall of Jerusalem

21. Letter of Pope Paschal on the Capture of Jerusalem

22. Muslim Reaction to the Fall of Jerusalem

III. The Crusader States

23. William of Tyre's
History

24. Fulcher of Chartres's
History

25. Venetian Treaty

26. Laws of the Kingdom of Jerusalem

27. The Travels of Saewulf

28. John of Wurzburg's Pilgrim Guide

29. The Travels of Ibn Jubayr

30. Memoirs of Usamah Ibn Munqidh

31. The Itinerary of Benjamin Tudela

32. Burchard of Mt. Sion on the People of Palestine

IV. The Second and Third Crusades

33. Ibn al-Qalanisi on Zengi and Nur ad-Din

34. Ibn al-Athir on the Fall of Edessa

35. Letter of Bernard of Clairvaux

36. Odo of Deuil:
The Journey of Louis VII to the East

37. John Kinnamos:
The Deeds of John and Manuel Comnenus

38. Analyses of the Second Crusade

39. Baha ad-Din's
Life of Saladin

40. Imad ad-Din on the Battle of Hattin

41. Roger of Wendover on the Fall of Jerusalem

42. Letters on the Fall of Jerusalem

43. Taxation and Regulations for the Third Crusade

44. Accounts of the Third Crusade

V. The Culture and Logistics of Crusading

45. Gerald of
Wales on Preaching a Crusade

46. Privileges and Indulgences

47. Personal Arrangements

48. Liturgy for Pilgrims and Crusaders

49. Bernard of Clairvaux:
In Praise of the New Knighthood

50. The Rule of the Templars

51. Financial Accounts

52. Travel Information

53. The Saga of Sigurd the Crusader

54. Stories of Women Crusaders

55. Crusading Songs

VI. The Age of Innocent III

56. Letters of Innocent III

57. Accounts of the Fourth Crusade

58. Documents on the Sack of Constantinople

59. Bernard of Gui's Manual for Inquisitors

60. Accounts of the Albigensian Crusade

61. Accounts of the Children's Crusade

62. Decrees of the Fourth Lateran Council

63. Oliver of Paderborn on the Fifth Crusade

VII. Crusades of the Holy Roman Empire

64. Charter to German Settlers

65. Poem Describing Cistercian Settlement

66. Proclamations of Northern European Crusades

67. Helmold's
Chronicle of the Slavs

68. The Chronicle of Henry of Livonia

69. Rule of the Teutonic Knights

70. Nikolaus von Jeroschin on the Prussian Crusades

71. Philip of Novara on Frederick II's Crusade

72. Frederick II on His Taking of Jerusalem

73. Responses to Frederick II's Crusade

VIII. Conflict and Coexistence in
Spain

74. Chronicle of the Cid

75. Accounts of Arab Learning

76. The Conquest of Lisbon

77. Alfonso VIII's Report on Las Navas de Tolosa

78. Muslim-Christian Treaty

79. Moorish Laws

80. Christian Laws

81. Constitutions of the Order of Merced

82. Expulsion of the Jews from
Spain

83. Abu Abdilla Mohammed on the Expulsion of the Muslims

IX. Crusades at the Crossroads

84. Joinville's
Life of
St. Louis

85. Matthew Paris on the Shepherds' Crusade

86. Ibn Al-Athir on the Mongol Invasion

87. Ibn 'Abd al-Zahir's Biography of Baybars

88. Ludolph von Suchem on the Fall of Acre and Its Aftermath

89. Pierre Dubois's
The
Recovery of the
Holy Land

90. Humbert of Romans's Defense of Crusading

91. Ramon Lull's Plan to Convert the Muslims

92. Marsilius of Padua's
The
Defender of Peace

93. Order for the Arrest of the Templars

94. Papal Bull Suppressing the Templars

X. From Crusades to Colonization

95. John Mandeville on Prester John

96. Letters between Pope Innocent IV and Guyuk Khan

97. William of Rubruck on the Mongols

98. Johann Schiltberger on the Nicopolis Crusade

99. Kritovoulos on the Fall of Constantinople

100. Gianfrancesco Morosini on the Janissaries

101. Christine de Pisan's
Song of Joan of Arc

102. Pius II's
Commentaries

103. Erasmus's
On the War Against the Turks

104. Narratives of Exploration

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