The Crusades

Overview

"The Crusades, as Zoe Oldenbourg describes them, were not simply a religious phenomenon, nor were they motivated by pure aggression. They were the result of an emotional climate which led people from all walks of life - rich and poor, saints and sinners - to leave their homes and follow the unattainable ideal of a heavenly Jerusalem here on earth." "Zoe Oldenbourg evokes the whole structure of feudal society and reveals the remarkable vitality and ingenuity of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem, one of the more sophisticated achievements of the ...
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Overview

"The Crusades, as Zoe Oldenbourg describes them, were not simply a religious phenomenon, nor were they motivated by pure aggression. They were the result of an emotional climate which led people from all walks of life - rich and poor, saints and sinners - to leave their homes and follow the unattainable ideal of a heavenly Jerusalem here on earth." "Zoe Oldenbourg evokes the whole structure of feudal society and reveals the remarkable vitality and ingenuity of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem, one of the more sophisticated achievements of the Middle Ages." "Peopled with the great personalities behind the Crusades - Bohemond, Tancred, Peter the Hermit, Godfrey of Bouillon, Richard the Lionheart and Saladin."--BOOK JACKET.
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Editorial Reviews

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This lavishly illustrated mini-text introduces readers to the hundreds of years of conflict commonly known in Western history as the Crusades. The author (affiliation unknown) details topics such as who the warring sides were and how certain battles played out, as well as providing portraits of foot soldiers and civilians involved at a variety of levels in the conflicts. Color and b&w photographs, maps, and drawings highlight both the details of some of the campaigns and the rich artistic and architectural heritage of the period. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780850458541
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/28/1988
  • Series: Elite Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,452,398
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Carole Hillenbrand is Reader in Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

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Table of Contents

Preface
I Medieval Man 1
II The Latin West and Byzantium 53
III The First Crusade (1096-1099) 78
IV The Pioneers of Frankish Syria (1099-1102) 143
V The Formation of the Frankish States of Syria (1102-1112) 187
VI The Kingdom and its Neighbors (1112-1131) 230
VII The Franks Between Byzantium and Islam: Aleppo, Damascus, and Cairo (1131-1174) 303
VIII The Fall of the Frankish Kingdom (1174-1188) 384
IX The Crusade of the Kings (1188-1192) 437
X Frankish Syria, a Doomed Kingdom 467
XI Frankish Syria as an Eastern Province 494
XII Eastern Christendom 531
XIII The Reckoning 551
Conclusion 579
Genealogical Tables 596
Chronology 602
Notes 621
Bibliography 628
Index of Proper Names 633
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