ISBN-10:
1442600608
ISBN-13:
9781442600607
Pub. Date:
10/15/2009
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
Sacred Violence: The European Crusades to the Middle East, 1095-1396 / Edition 1

Sacred Violence: The European Crusades to the Middle East, 1095-1396 / Edition 1

by Jill N. Claster
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ISBN-13: 9781442600607
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
Publication date: 10/15/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 376
Sales rank: 845,887
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

The late Jill N. Claster was Professor of Medieval History at New York University and Director of the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University.

Table of Contents

Illustrations

Maps

Acknowledgments

Author's Note

Prologue

Part One:

1. Jerusalem and the Eastern Mediterranean before the Crusades

2. The Scene Is Set: Western Europe before the First Crusade

3. The First Crusade: From the Siege of Nicaea to the Triumph at Jerusalem

Part Two:

4. Baldwin I and the Early Years of the Latin Kingdom

5. From the Reign of Baldwin II to the End of the Second Crusade

6. Life in Outremer to the Fall of Jerusalem

Part Three:

7. The Changing Ideology of Crusading in the Thirteenth Century

8. Storm Clouds Gather over the East

9. The New Frontiers of Crusading and the Last Years in the East

Epilogue

Appendices:


Chronology of the Crusades

Lists of Rulers

List of Credits

A Selected Bibliography of the Crusades

Index

What People are Saying About This

Jennifer Kolpacoff Deane

Sacred Violence proved to be exactly what I needed: clear, thorough without losing a reader in details, consistent in its point of view, and thematically coherent. My students appreciated that the author's point of view came through in certain ways, and we were able to use that as a starting point for talking about scholarly perspectives and issues of objectivity. I also was grateful for the author's attention to historiography, since I like to prompt students to think about how we construct the past, and the extent to which the topic of 'The Crusades' is in itself a historically constructed category that bears its own story through the early modern and modern era. Overall, the volume throughout has a vibrancy and liveliness that kept us all engaged.

S.J. Allen

Sacred Violence offers a comprehensive, balanced, and fascinating insight into the intricate world of the crusades. Although it serves as an accessible text at an undergraduate level, it also presents the important, yet often neglected, issues that continue to spark debate among the field's pre-eminent scholars. What sets Claster's work apart from the more traditional crusading texts is the book's inclusivity in its portrayal of Middle Eastern society. Here is demonstrated all the complexity and controversy of the age—set within the story of the West's quest for Jerusalem and its consequences.

Robin Vose

Jill Claster has successfully taken on the difficult task of retelling the complex, many-stranded history of the crusades from a broad and inclusive perspective. Her work is richly illustrated and engaging, balancing as it does descriptive narrative with a lucid presentation of interpretive insights drawn from some of the best in contemporary scholarship. The book is particularly valuable in its contextualization of the crusading story within a broader historical framework, from ancient views on Jerusalem to later echoes of inter-religious violence in Ottoman and modern times.

From the Publisher

Sacred Violence proved to be exactly what I needed: clear, thorough without losing a reader in details, consistent in its point of view, and thematically coherent. My students appreciated that the author's point of view came through in certain ways, and we were able to use that as a starting point for talking about scholarly perspectives and issues of objectivity. I also was grateful for the author's attention to historiography, since I like to prompt students to think about how we construct the past, and the extent to which the topic of 'The Crusades' is in itself a historically constructed category that bears its own story through the early modern and modern era. Overall, the volume throughout has a vibrancy and liveliness that kept us all engaged.

The reading public's interest in the crusades has been renewed by its curiosity about their meaning for the world in which we live. Jill N. Claster's Sacred Violence offers the reader a cogent narrative history of the crusades based on the latest research. In her recounting of events from the perspective of the Latin West, the Muslim East, the Christian East, as well as the Jewish communities caught in the crossfire, Claster interrogates the ideological basis of the concepts of holy war and jihad in Christianity and Islam. In so doing, she deftly integrates the social and political history of the crusades, its battles and institutions, with the history of religion. Sacred Violence represents a new and important resource for students of the crusades.

Sacred Violence offers a comprehensive, balanced, and fascinating insight into the intricate world of the crusades. Although it serves as an accessible text at an undergraduate level, it also presents the important, yet often neglected, issues that continue to spark debate among the field's pre-eminent scholars. What sets Claster's work apart from the more traditional crusading texts is the book's inclusivity in its portrayal of Middle Eastern society. Here is demonstrated all the complexity and controversy of the age?set within the story of the West's quest for Jerusalem and its consequences.

Ross Brann

The reading public's interest in the crusades has been renewed by its curiosity about their meaning for the world in which we live. Jill N. Claster's Sacred Violence offers the reader a cogent narrative history of the crusades based on the latest research. In her recounting of events from the perspective of the Latin West, the Muslim East, the Christian East, as well as the Jewish communities caught in the crossfire, Claster interrogates the ideological basis of the concepts of holy war and jihad in Christianity and Islam. In so doing, she deftly integrates the social and political history of the crusades, its battles and institutions, with the history of religion. Sacred Violence represents a new and important resource for students of the crusades.

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