The Crusades: A History / Edition 2

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Overview


Jonathan Riley-Smith here provides a comprehensive history of the Crusades: an account of the theology of violence behind the Crusades, the major Crusades, the experience of crusading, and the crusaders themselves. With a wealth of fascinating detail, Riley-Smith brings to life these stirring expeditions to the Holy Land and the politics and personalities behind them. His book will be the standard and authoritative account of the Crusades for years to come. This new edition includes revisions throughout as well as a new Preface and Afterword in which Jonathan Riley-Smith surveys recent developments in the field and examines responses to the Crusades in different periods, from the Romantics to the Islamic world today.


From reviews of the first edition:

“Everything is here: the crusades to the Holy Land, and against the Albigensians, the Moors, the pagans in Eastern Europe, the Turks, and the enemies of the popes. Riley-Smith writes a beautiful, lucid prose, . . . [and his book] is packed with facts and action.”—Choice

“A concise, clearly written synthesis . . . by one of the leading historians of the crusading movement. ”—Robert S. Gottfried, Historian

“A lively and flowing narrative [with] an enormous cast of characters that is not a mere catalog but a history. . . . A remarkable achievement.”—Thomas E. Morrissey, Church History

“Superb.”—Reuven S. Avi-Yonah, Speculum

“A first-rate one-volume survey of the Crusading movement from 1074 . . . to 1798.”—Southwest Catholic

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Editorial Reviews

Christianity Today
“If you have been looking for a one-volume survey, you won’t find a better one than this.”
From the Publisher

““Everything is here: the crusades to the Holy Land, and against the Albigensians, the Moors, the pagans in Eastern Europe, the Turks, and the enemies of the popes. Riley-Smith writes a beautiful, lucid prose, . . . [and his book] is packed with facts and action.”—Choice

““A concise, clearly written synthesis . . . by one of the leading historians of the crusading movement. ”—Robert S. Gottfried, Historian

““A lively and flowing narrative [with] an enormous cast of characters that is not a mere catalog but a history. . . . A remarkable achievement.”—Thomas E. Morrissey, Church History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300101287
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 6/11/2005
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 285,294
  • Product dimensions: 5.03 (w) x 7.76 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author


Jonathan Riley-Smith, Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History, University of Cambridge, is the author or editor of many books on the Crusades and the Middle Ages.
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Table of Contents

1 The birth of the crusading movement : the preaching of the First Crusade 1
2 The course of the First Crusade 26
3 The holy places and the patriarchates of Jerusalem and Antioch 50
4 Settlement, government and defence of the Latin East, 1097-1187 82
5 Crusading in adolescence, 1102-1187 112
6 Crusading comes of age, 1187-1229 137
7 Crusading in maturity, 1229-c. 1291 183
8 The Latin East, 1192-c. 1291 215
9 The variety of crusading, c. 1291-1523 245
10 The old age and death of the crusading movement, 1523-1798 282
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