The First Crusade

The First Crusade

by Steven Runciman
     
 

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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

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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.

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"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521847391
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2012
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)

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Sir Steven Runciman (1903–2000) was the pre-eminent historian of the Crusades and the Byzantine Empire. His acclaimed History of the Crusades was first published from 1951–4.

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