The Fourth Crusade: The Conquest of Constantinople / Edition 2

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Overview

On August 15, 1199, Pope Innocent III called for a renewed effort to deliver Jerusalem from the Infidel, but the Fourth Crusade had a very different outcome from the one he preached. Proceeding no further than Constantinople, the Crusaders sacked the capital of eastern Christendom and installed a Latin ruler on the throne of Byzantium. This revised and expanded edition of The Fourth Crusade gives fresh emphasis to events in Byzantium and the Byzantine response to the actions of the Crusaders. Included in this edition is a chapter on the sack of Constantinople and the election of its Latin emperor.

A History Book Club selection.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A masterful, up-to-date revision, which has taken a classic to an even higher level of historical inquiry and subtlety."—James Ross Sweeney, Pennsylvania State University

"As a work of scholarship the new edition is a considerable achievement since it has taken a classic and made it even better."—Nottingham Medieval Studies

"The narrative is crisp; the vignettes of individuals, illuminating; and the overall grasp of action, masterful, whether describing the first terrifying assault of the Venetian ships or analyzing the complex power structure in the Byzantine court."—Grover A. Zinn, Jr., Church History, in a review of the first edition

"Strongly argued and well-documented."—The Historian

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812217131
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Series: The Middle Ages Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 848,929
  • Product dimensions: 0.77 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald E. Queller was Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; among his other books are The Office of the Ambassador in the Middle Ages and The Venetian Patriciate: Reality Versus Myth. Thomas F. Madden is Associate Professor of History at St. Louis University.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Great Book on the Worst Crusade

    I read this book for a graduate course on the Crusades. This book was a good overview of the events and main participants of the Fourth Crusade. This revised edition updated the book substantially. The authors used good primary sources, the book was readable and easy to understand. Great for an overview of the medieval mindset and how great plans could become twisted and diverted through lack of funding.

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