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In The Oxford Illustrated History of the Crusades, the story of the Crusades is told as never before in an engrossing, authoritative, and comprehensive history that ranges from the preaching of the First Crusade in 1095 to the legacy of the crusading ideals and imagery that continues today. Here are the ideas of apologists, propagandists, and poets about the Crusades, as well as the perceptions and motives of the crusaders themselves and the means by which they joined the movement.
The authors describe the elaborate social and civic systems that arose to support the Crusades--taxation, for example, was formalized by the Church and monarchs to raise enormous funds needed to wage war on this scale. And here are vivid descriptions of the battles themselves, frightening, disorienting, and dangerous affairs, with keen and insightful commentary on the reactions of the Muslims to a Christian holy war. Extensively illustrated with hundreds of photographs, paintings, drawings, maps, chronologies, and a guide to further reading, The Oxford Illustrated History of the Crusades even includes coverage of crusades outside the eastern Mediterranean region and post-medieval crusades.
From descriptions of the battles and homefront conditions, to a thorough evaluation of the clash (and coalescence) of cultures, to the legacy of the crusading movement that continues into our conflict-torn twentieth-century, to the enduring artistic and social changes that the Crusades wrought, The Oxford Illustrated History of the Crusades offers an informative, engaging, and unsurpassed panorama of one of the great movements in western history.

The story of the Crusades is told as never before in this engrossing, authoritative and comprehensive history that ranges from the preaching of the First Crusade in 1095 to the legacy of the crusading ideals and imagery that continue today. in color.

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"In 1095 Pope Urban II granted absolutions to whomever would reclaim the Holy Land for Christendom. With that assurance began two centuries of Crusades, and the story, in contemporary chronicles, artwork, and castellated ruins, is well treated in this interpretation of the movement to take up the cross."Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192852946
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/11/1997
  • Series: Oxford Illustrated Histories Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Editor:
Jonathan Riley-Smith is Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History at the University of Cambridge and is one of the world's leading authorities on the Crusades. His previous publications include The The Atlas of the Crusades and The Crusades: A Short History.

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Table of Contents

List of Colour Plates
List of Maps
1 The Crusading Movement and Historians 1
2 Origins 13
3 The Crusading Movement, 1096-1274 34
4 The State of Mind of Crusaders to the East, 1095-1300 66
5 Songs 91
6 The Latin East, 1098-1291 112
7 Art in the Latin East, 1098-1291 141
8 Architecture in the Latin East, 1098-1571 160
9 The Military Orders, 1120-1312 184
10 Islam and the Crusades, 1096-1699 217
11 The Crusading Movement, 1274-1700 260
12 The Latin East, 1291-1669 294
13 The Military Orders, 1312-1798 326
14 Images of the Crusades in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries 365
15 Revival and Survival 386
Chronology 392
Further Reading 401
Illustration Sources 418
Index 420
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2001

    Crusades

    This book thoroughly discusses all the topics about the crusades. From the start to the end this is the best book out there covering the Crusades. Written by Johnathon Riley Smith, I would have to say this is one of my favorite books on this topic. I recommend this to anyone even remotely interested in the Crusades

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2000

    This Book Shows every detail you Need!

    It is the best book on the crusades. It is so critical and analyzes every point. It is very good for research writing.

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