The Later Crusades, 1274-1580: From Lyons to Alcazar

The Later Crusades, 1274-1580: From Lyons to Alcazar

by Norman Housley
     
 

The expulsion of the Christians from the Holy Land in 1291 was far from being the end of the crusading movement. Crusades continued for three centuries over a vast area stretching from Morocco to Russia, and played an important role in the politics and society of late medieval Europe. Norman Housley's comprehensive survey is the first to focus in depth on the later…  See more details below

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The expulsion of the Christians from the Holy Land in 1291 was far from being the end of the crusading movement. Crusades continued for three centuries over a vast area stretching from Morocco to Russia, and played an important role in the politics and society of late medieval Europe. Norman Housley's comprehensive survey is the first to focus in depth on the later crusades. He explores with clarity and insight developments in all the areas touched by crusading activity, and examines the evolution of the international Military Orders and the Christian 'frontier states' associated with crusading, especially Greece and Cyprus. Dr. Housley illuminates the massive range and energy of the crusading movement in the late middle ages. He reveals the formidable problems which, as the period progressed, increasingly doomed crusades to failure; and shows how practical crusading was in a condition of decay even before the Reformation destroyed the religious framework in which it had once flourished. This is a wide-ranging and lucid study, which will be invaluable to students of the crusades. It is supplemented by fourteen maps and a guide to further reading.

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"Housley's summaries of recent work on relations with the Turks and the Iberian and Baltic crusades and his final chapters on the ideological and institutional legacies of the crusades are especially valuable."—Religious Studies Review

"Housley's scope is far broader than the loss of the Holy Land....an extremely useful book, written in a highly literate and slightly elevated style....the suggestions for further reading are extensive and informative without being esoteric or deadening. There is a useful list of rulers, and a good index. Those wishing a survey of this subject cannot do better."—History: Reviews of New Books

"Housley's study stands as a commendable achievement in campaign expositions recommended for their detail and contextual analysis, and his vision of pious devotion is considerate of medieval culture's persistence through centuries of change."—The Historian

"Must be welcomed for its thoroughness and scholarship in confirming the later crusades as a legitimate subject for study."—Times Literary Supplement

"Housley has provided a useful survey of late medieval and early modern Western expansion in this three-century overview of the later crusades"—Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198221371
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/11/1992
Pages:
552
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.48(d)

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