The Later Crusades, 1274-1580: From Lyons to Alcazar / Edition 1

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The expulsion of the Christians from the Holy Land in 1291 was far from being the end of the crusading movement. Crusades continued for three centuries over a vast area stretching from Morocco to Russia and played an important role in the politics and society of late medieval Europe. The first study to focus in depth on the later crusades, this book explores with clarity and insight developments in all the areas touched by crusading activity. Housley examines the evolution of the international military orders and the Christian "frontier states" associated with crusading, focusing especially on Greece and Cyprus. Illuminating the massive range and energy of the crusading movement in the late middle ages, he reveals the formidable problems which, as the period progressed, increasingly doomed crusades to failure, and shows how practical crusading was in a condition of decay before the Reformation destroyed the religious framework in which it had once flourished.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Housley's summaries of recent work on relations with the Turks and the Iberian and Baltic crusades and his final chapters on the ideological and institutional legacies of the crusades are especially valuable."—Religious Studies Review

"Housley's scope is far broader than the loss of the Holy extremely useful book, written in a highly literate and slightly elevated style....the suggestions for further reading are extensive and informative without being esoteric or deadening. There is a useful list of rulers, and a good index. Those wishing a survey of this subject cannot do better."—History: Reviews of New Books

"Housley's study stands as a commendable achievement in campaign expositions recommended for their detail and contextual analysis, and his vision of pious devotion is considerate of medieval culture's persistence through centuries of change."—The Historian

"Must be welcomed for its thoroughness and scholarship in confirming the later crusades as a legitimate subject for study."—Times Literary Supplement

"Housley has provided a useful survey of late medieval and early modern Western expansion in this three-century overview of the later crusades"—Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198221364
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/11/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 552
  • Sales rank: 1,119,383
  • Lexile: 1490L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 6.25 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps
Introduction 1
1 The Loss of the Holy Land, 1274-1370 7
2 Greeks, Turks, and Latins: The Crusade in Romania, 1274-1396 49
3 The Ottoman Threat, 1396-1502 80
4 The Anti-Turkish Crusade and European Politics, 1502-1580 118
5 Latin Rule in Greece and the Aegean, 1274-1580 151
6 The Kingdoms of Cilician Armenia and Cyprus, 1274-1573 178
7 The Templars and the Hospitallers, 1274-1565: Disaster and Adaptation 204
8 The Enemy Within: Crusading against Christians 234
9 The Iberian Peninsula: The Rewards and Problems of Conquest, 1274-1415 267
10 The End of the Reconquista: Granada and Beyond, 1415-1580 291
11 The Crusade in North-Eastern Europe, 1274-1382 322
12 The End of the Baltic Crusade, 1382-1562 351
13 Catholic Society and the Crusade, 1274-1580 376
14 Government and the Crusade, 1274-1580 421
Appendix: Lists of Rulers 457
Further Reading 462
Index 501
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