Historical Dictionary of the Crusades

Historical Dictionary of the Crusades

by Corliss K. Slack
     
 

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The crusades were among the longest and most bitter wars in human history and consisted of no less than seven major expeditions from Western Europe from the late 11th to the early 14th centuries for the purpose of wresting Jerusalem and the Holy Land from the control of the Muslims. In the end, it was the Muslims who won, and the Christians who suffered a major

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The crusades were among the longest and most bitter wars in human history and consisted of no less than seven major expeditions from Western Europe from the late 11th to the early 14th centuries for the purpose of wresting Jerusalem and the Holy Land from the control of the Muslims. In the end, it was the Muslims who won, and the Christians who suffered a major setback, and the Middle East remained firmly in Muslim hands. This was one of the worst clashes between different religions and civilizations and, for long, it was largely forgotten or brushed over. That is no longer the case, with many Muslims regarding Western interference in the region as a repeat of the crusades while launching their own jihads. So, while an old conflict, it is still with us today.

Even at the time, it was very hard to understand the causes and outcome of the crusades, and that remains a problem today. This Historical Dictionary of the Crusades cannot claim to have resolved it, but it most definitely does make the situation easier to understand. The introduction provides an overview, tracing the crusades from one expedition to the next, and assessing their impact. The actual flow of events is far easier to follow thanks to the chronology. And maps help to trace the events geographically. The entries, and there are more than 300 of them in this second edition, look more closely at notable figures, including Pope Gregory VII, Richard “the lionhearted,” and Saladin, as well as important places (Jerusalem, Constantinople and others), events, battles and sieges, as well as the use of weapons and armor. The bibliography points to further reading.

Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual
This 2d edition expands upon the solid, original dictionary first published in 2003. The rationale for a 2d edition was to bring the bibliography up to date and to expand the number of entries. These new entries are either to expand coverage on specific crusades or events, such as the Baltic Crusades, or to reflect changes in current scholarship about the Crusades. The new edition admirably succeeds in strengthening this single volume source about the Crusades. The bibliography is helpfully divided into broad topics, such as specific crusades or geographic areas. . . .This updated work is recommended for academic libraries.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810878310
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
05/09/2013
Series:
Historical Dictionaries of War, Revolution, and Civil Unrest
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
412
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Corliss K. Slack teaches European history and the crusades at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. Her first book was a collection of charters left by crusaders departing from northern Europe between 1138 and 1275, which was followed by the first edition of the Historical Dictionary of the Crusades (2003). She has also published articles on the reform of the secular church in the century between 1050 and 1150, and on the activities of the Premonstratensian Order in crusade preaching and procuration, and delivered papers on the crusades at various conferences.

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