When Pope Urban II rose to his feet to address the multitudes gathered before him at the Council of Clermont in 1095, his appeal was simple: let Western Christendom march to the aid of their brethren in the East. Whether the Crusades are regarded as the most idealistic of Christian expeditions or the last of the barbarian invasions, they remain one of the most exciting adventure stories in history. Steven Runicman's History of the Crusades has been acclaimed as a fascinating account of the historic journey to save the Holy Land from the infidel. This abridgment makes accessible to broader readership one of the most compelling historical narratives.
"It reads magnificently As an example of sustained and intelligent narrative it could hardly be bettered. Sir Steven's great achievement was to make a complicated subject appear simple and then to write it up beautifully... No one is likely to surpass Sir Steven's powers of synthesis or the masterful way he writes." History Today
1. The reign of antichrist; 2. The pilgrims of Christ; 3. Confusion in the East; 4. Holy peace and Holy war; 5. The summoning; 6. The people's expedition; 7. The German Crusade; 8. The Princes and the Emperor; 9. The campaign in Asia Minor; 10. Armenian interlude; 11. Before the walls of Antioch; 12. The possession of Antioch; 13. The road to Jerusalem; 14. The triumph of the cross.