The Crusades: A History is the definitive account of a key topic in medieval and religious history. Jonathan Riley-Smith, a world authority on the subject, explores the organisation of a crusade, the experience of crusading and the crusaders themselves, producing a textbook that is as accessible as it is comprehensive.
This exciting new third edition includes:
- Substantial new material on crusade theory, historiography and translated texts
- An expanded scope that extends the text to cover the decline of crusading in the nineteenth century
- Valuable pedagogical features, such as a revised bibliography, maps, illustrations and a brand new chronology
This book is essential reading for all students and scholars seeking to understand the Crusades and their significance in world history.
Jonathan Riley-Smith was Emeritus Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History at the University of Cambridge, UK. His many publications on the Crusades include What Were the Crusades? (2009), The Crusades, Christianity and Islam (2008) and The First Crusade and the Idea of Crusading (1986).
List of Text Boxes List of Maps List of Illustrations Preface to the Third Edition Introduction - The Crusades and History 1. Holy and Penitential Warfare 2. The Birth of the Crusading Movement: The Preaching of the First Crusade 3. The Course of the First Crusade 4. The Holy Places and the Patriarchates of Jerusalem and Antioch 5. Settlement, Government and Defence of the Latin East, 1097-1187 6. Crusading in Adolescence, 1102-1187 7. Crusading comes of Age, 1187-1229 8. Crusading in Maturity, 1229-c. 1291 9. The Latin East, 1192-c. 1291 10. The Variety of Crusading, c. 1291-1523 11. The Lingering Death of the Crusading Movement, 1523-1892 Modern Bibliographic Essay Chronology Index