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The Crusades By Jonathan Riley-Smith

The Crusades by Jonathan Riley-Smith

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The Crusades: A History; Second Edition by Jonathan Riley-Smith

Jonathan Riley-Smith here provides a comprehensive history of the Crusades: an account of the theology of violence behind the Crusades, the major Crusades, the experience of crusading, and the crusaders themselves. With a wealth of fascinating detail, Riley-Smith brings to life these stirring expeditions to the Holy Land and the politics and personalities behind them. His book will be the standard and authoritative account of the Crusades for years to come. This new edition includes revisions throughout as well as a new Preface and Afterword in which Jonathan Riley-Smith surveys recent developments in the field and examines responses to the Crusades in different periods, from the Romantics to the Islamic world today.

From reviews of the first edition:

Everything is here: the crusades to the Holy Land, and against the Albigensians, the Moors, the pagans in Eastern Europe, the Turks, and the enemies of the popes. Riley-Smith writes a beautiful, lucid prose, . . . [and his book] is packed with facts and action.-Choice

A concise, clearly written synthesis . . . by one of the leading historians of the crusading movement. -Robert S. Gottfried, Historian

A lively and flowing narrative [with] an enormous cast of characters that is not a mere catalog but a history. . . . A remarkable achievement.-Thomas E. Morrissey, Church History

Superb.-Reuven S. Avi-Yonah, Speculum

A first-rate one-volume survey of the Crusading movement from 1074 . . . to 1798.-Southwest Catholic

The Crusades Reviews

Jonathan Riley-Smith's The Crusades . . . pulls off the enviable feat of summing up seven centuries of religious warfare in a crisp 309 pages of text.-Dennis Drabelle, Washington Post Book World

The best short history of the crusades that I know of. Riley-Smith's work reflects the best recent scholarship and it is balanced and thorough throughout.-Edward Peters, University of Pennsylvania

About Jonathan Riley-Smith

Jonathan Riley-Smith, Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History, University of Cambridge, is the author or editor of many books on the Crusades and the Middle Ages.

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The Crusades: A History; Second Edition by Jonathan Riley-Smith
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