The First Crusade and the Idea of Crusading

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Overview

Focusing on the inner workings of the First Crusade in a way that no other work has done, The First Crusade and the Idea of Crusading delves into the Crusade's organization, its finances, and the division of authority and responsibility among its leaders and their relationships with one another and with their subordinates.

In the year 1095, Pope Urban II initiated what is known today as the First Crusade. His summons of the lay knights to the faith between 1095 and 1096 was Urban II's personal response to an appeal that had reached him from eastern Christians, the Pope referred to the struggle ahead as Christ's own war, to be fought in accordance with God's will and intentions. It was, too, called a war of liberation, designed to free the church and city of Jerusalem from oppression and pillage by the Muslims while liberating western Church from the errors into which it had fallen.

In this classic work, presented here with a new introduction, one of the world's most renowned crusade historians approaches this central topic of medieval history with freshness and impeccable research. Through the vivid presentation of a wide range of European chronicles and charter collections, Jonathan Riley-Smith provides a striking illumination of crusader motives and responses and a thoughtful analysis of the mechanisms that made this expedition successful.

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Editorial Reviews

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"An excellent account of the First Crusade."—Speculum

"An extremely useful and stimulating book, which no student of crusading history can afford to neglect."—Times Literary Supplement

"Riley-Smith's scholarship is impeccable. . . . A distinguished and persuasive contribution."—American Historical Review

"Riley-Smith's work is based upon a thorough knowledge of the sources, breaking new ground in his use of the charters of departing Crusaders as evidence for their forms of motivation. . . . It represents the best general account of the religious meaning of the Crusade, and as such it is an important addition to literature on the Crusades and to the development of forms of lay piety in the Middle Ages."—Journal of Religion

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812220766
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Series: The Middle Ages Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 795,584
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Riley-Smith is Dixie Professor Emeritus of Ecclesiastical History at the University of Cambridge and author of many books, most recently The Crusades, Christianity, and Islam.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction
Chapter 1. Pope Urban's message
Chapter 2. The response of lay people
Chapter 3. Conditions on the march
Chapter 4. The ideas of the crusaders
Chapter 5. The crusade of 1101
Chapter 6. Theological refinement
Conclusion

Chronological table
List of abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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