The Dream and the Tomb: A History of the Crusades

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This is a comprehensive account of the eight religious wars between the Christian West and the Muslim East that dominated the Middle Ages. Calling themselves "pilgrims of Christ," thousands of Europeans from all stations in life undertook the harsh and bloody quest to reclaim Jerusalem, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and Christ's tomb for Christendom.

Robert Payne brings to life every step of the Crusaders' thousand-mile journey: the deprivation; the desperate, rapacious, and brutal raids for food and supplies; the epic battles for Antioch, Jerusalem, and Acre; the barbarous treatment of captives; and the quarreling European princes who vied for power and wealth in the Near East. An epic tale of the glorious and the base, of unshakable faith and unspeakable atrocities, The Dream and the Tomb captures not only the events but the very essence of the Crusades.

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Editorial Reviews

History Magazine
The Dream and the Tomb examines the eight holy wars that took place between 1095 and 1270, exploring both the political desires of the princes and the suffering of the ordinary people. With the understanding and depth of the author, Robert Payne, these rich and memorable details bring the past to life.
Washington Post Book World
Excellent. Payne is at the height of his powers. Reading this history of the distant past turns the present Middle East crisis suddenly transparent.
The New York Times
No man alive can write more beautiful prose than Robert Payne.
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This exquisitely written general history summons to life the Crusader battalions that hewed out kingdoms in Christ's native land nearly 1,000 years ago. The author weaves a glittering tapestry of a time when splendor vied with baseness, piety with greed, and courage with folly. This is the story of the clash of East and West, when possession of an ancient sepulcher mattered most in the life and death of men.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815410867
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1ST COOPER
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 8.88 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Payne's highly praised histories and biographies include The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler. He died in 1983.

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Table of Contents

I The Voice From the Tomb
The Dream and the Tomb 17
Thunder out of Arabia 21
In the Fields of Clermont 31
The Crusade of the Poor 38
A Pride of Princes 47
Under the Walls of Constantinople 57
II The Dark Roads to the Holy Land
Journey Through the Wilderness 67
The Siege of Antioch 77
The King of the Tafurs 83
The Finding of the Holy Lance 87
The Triumph 95
III The Kings Who Came from Abroad
The Quarrels of the Princes 107
King Baldwin I 116
The Armed Might of the Crusaders 124
King Baldwin II 128
King Fulk of Anjou 137
IV The Kings Born in the Holy Land
The Young King Baldwin III 149
The Second Crusade 155
King Baldwin III and the Heroic Age 161
King Amaury I 169
V The Young King's Valor and the Fall of Jerusalem
Baldwin IV: The Leper King 181
King Baldwin IV Against Saladin 191
The Horns of Hattin 197
Islam Takes Jerusalem 206
Three Letters 213
VI The Rages of King Richard
A Journey to Joachim 219
Slow Boat to Acre 227
Richard and Saladin 232
A Famous Victory 240
Marches and Countermarches 245
The Old Man of the Mountain 252
VII The Doge in his Splendor
The Vermilion Galley 261
The Burning City 270
The Devastation of Constantinople 277
VII The Wasting of the Treasure
The Children's Crusades 287
The Plagues of Egypt 290
IX Frederick, Emperor of the Romans, Ever Glorious
The Stupor of the World 305
Brief Victory 314
The Disaster at La Forbie 321
X The Saint in His Toils
The Pilgrimages of St. Louis 335
Victory and Defeat at Damietta 344
St. Louis in Acre 352
The Death of St. Louis 360
XI The Ax Falls
Baibars 367
The End of the Kingdom 377
The Last Throw of the Dice 387
Notes 395
Select Bibliography 399
Index 407
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2001

    Fine book, lousy maps

    Well written, engrossing history. But accompanying maps are pathetic--no attempt has been made to match the maps with each other or to the place names and routes of the crusaders described in the text. The author died before the book was published, so the editor is the culprit here.

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