The Oxford Illustrated History of the Crusades

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Overview

In The Oxford Illustrated History of the Crusades, the story of the Crusades is told as never before in an engrossing, authoritative, and comprehensive history that ranges from the preaching of the First Crusade in 1095 to the legacy of the crusading ideals and imagery that continues today. Here are the ideas of apologists, propagandists, and poets about the Crusades, as well as the perceptions and motives of the crusaders themselves and the means by which they joined the movement.
The authors describe the elaborate social and civic systems that arose to support the Crusades—taxation, for example, was formalized by the Church and monarchs to raise enormous funds needed to wage war on this scale. And here are vivid descriptions of the battles themselves, frightening, disorienting, and dangerous affairs, with keen and insightful commentary on the reactions of the Muslims to a Christian holy war. Extensively illustrated with hundreds of photographs, paintings, drawings, maps, chronologies, and a guide to further reading, The Oxford Illustrated History of the Crusades even includes coverage of crusades outside the eastern Mediterranean region and post-medieval crusades.
From descriptions of the battles and homefront conditions, to a thorough evaluation of the clash (and coalescence) of cultures, to the legacy of the crusading movement that continues into our conflict-torn twentieth-century, to the enduring artistic and social changes that the Crusades wrought, The Oxford Illustrated History of the Crusades offers an informative, engaging, and unsurpassed panorama of one of the great movements in western history.

The story of the Crusades is told as never before in this engrossing, authoritative and comprehensive history that ranges from the preaching of the First Crusade in 1095 to the legacy of the crusading ideals and imagery that continue today. in color.

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"Fascinating...a comprehensive history of the wars."—History Today

"In 1095, Pope Urban II granted absolutions to whomever would reclaim the Holy Land for Christendom. With that assurance began two centuries of Crusades, and the story...is well treated in this interpretation of the movement to take up the cross."—Booklist

"In a series of finely crafted and admirably succinct essays, the contributors unravel a number of important medieval political and religious themes. This comprehensive approach adds a great deal to the book's interest and presents some of the best insights of modern Crusading scholarship....Excellent."—Tablet

"The great merit of Professor Riley-Smith's book is to follow the story down to the present day."—Church Times

"In 1095 Pope Urban II granted absolutions to whomever would reclaim the Holy Land for Christendom. With that assurance began two centuries of Crusades, and the story, in contemporary chronicles, artwork, and castellated ruins, is well treated in this interpretation of the movement to take up the cross."—Booklist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192854285
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2001
  • Series: Oxford Illustrated Histories Series
  • Pages: 470
  • Sales rank: 738,769
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Riley-Smith is Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History at the University of Cambridge and is one of the world's leading authorities on the Crusades. His previous publications include The Atlas of the Crusades and The Crusades: A Short History.

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Table of Contents

The Crusading Movement and Historians
Origins
The Crusading Movement, 1096-1274
The Minds of Crusaders to the East, 1095-1300
Songs
The Latin East, 1098-1291
Art in the Latin East, 1098-1291
Architecture in the Latin East, 1098-1571
The Military Orders, 1120-1312
Islam and the Crusades, 1096-1699
The Crusading Movement, 1274-1700
The Latin East, 1291-1669
The Military Orders, 1312-1798
Images of the Crusades in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Revival and Survival
Chronology
Guide to Further Reading
Index

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