The First Crusade / Edition 1

The First Crusade / Edition 1

by Steven Runciman
     
 

Whether the Crusades are regarded as the most romantic of Christian expeditions, or the last of the barbarian invasions, they remain one of the most exciting and colourful adventure stories in history. An army of mounted warriors, travelling with peasants, merchants and artisans, faced a journey over hostile terrain, meeting with unforeseen antagonism, desert heat,… See more details below

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Whether the Crusades are regarded as the most romantic of Christian expeditions, or the last of the barbarian invasions, they remain one of the most exciting and colourful adventure stories in history. An army of mounted warriors, travelling with peasants, merchants and artisans, faced a journey over hostile terrain, meeting with unforeseen antagonism, desert heat, and the constant struggle to feed and water their troops and horses. Remittance from penance, a desire to see the Holy Places, or greed for the power and booty to be captured in the East spurred the crusaders on towards the prize, be it spiritual or temporal, of the Holy City of Jerusalem. Their journey's spectacular culmination was the long siege of Jerusalem, at the end of which the Crusaders, by a brilliant tactical manoeuvre, broke down its defences and poured into the city which erupted in a bloody massacre. Steven Runciman's History of the Crusades is justly acclaimed as the most complete and fascinating account of the historic journey to save the Holy Lands from the infidel.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521427050
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1980
Series:
Canto Book Series
Pages:
201
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Introductory note; 1. The reign of antichrist; 2. The pilgrimage of Christ; 3. Confusion in the East; 4. Holy peace and war; 5. The summoning; 6. The people's expedition; 7. The German crusade; 8. The Princes and the emperor; 9. The campaign in Asia Minor; 10. Armenian interlude; 11. Before the walls of Antioch; 12 The possession of Antioch; 13. The road to Jerusalem; 14. The triumph of the Cross; Epilogue; Index.

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