The Crusades

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-04-05
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications
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From a renowned historian who writes with "maximum vividness" (The New Yorker) comes the most authoritative, readable single-volume history of the brutal struggle for the Holy Land. Nine hundred years ago, a vast Christian army, summoned to holy war by the Pope, rampaged through the Muslim world of the eastern Mediterranean, seizing possession of Jerusalem, a city revered by both faiths. Over the two hundred years that followed, Islam and Christianity-both firm in the belief that they were at God's work-fought for dominion of the Holy Land, clashing in a succession of chillingly brutal wars: the Crusades. For the first time, this book tells the story of that epic struggle from the perspective of both Christians and Muslims. A vivid and fast-paced narrative history, it exposes the full horror, passion, and barbaric grandeur of the Crusading era, leading us into a world of legendary champions-such as Richard the Lionheart and Saladin-shadowy Assassins, poet-warriors, and pious visionaries; across the desert sands of Egypt to the verdant forests of Lebanon; and through the ancient cities of Constantinople, Cairo, and Damascus. Drawing on painstaking original research and an intimate knowledge of the Near East, Thomas Asbridge uncovers what drove Muslims and Christians alike to embrace the ideals of jihad and crusade, revealing how these holy wars reshaped the medieval world and why they continue to influence events today.

Table of Contents

List of Mapsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Coming of the Crusades
Holy War, Holy Landp. 33
Syrian Ordealsp. 62
The Sacred Cityp. 89
Creating the Crusader Statesp. 115
Outremerp. 163
Crusading Rebornp. 197
The Response of Islam
Muslim Revivalp. 225
The Light of Faithp. 238
The Wealth of Egyptp. 265
Heir or Usurperp. 285
The Sultan of Islamp. 316
Holy Warriorp. 337
The Trial of Champions
Called to Crusadep. 367
The Conqueror Challengedp. 391
The Coming of Kingsp. 428
Lionheartp. 456
Jerusalemp. 477
Resolutionp. 498
The Struggle for Survival
Rejuvenationp. 519
New Pathsp. 550
A Saint at Warp. 577
Victory in the East
Lion of Egyptp. 611
The Holy Land Reclaimedp. 638
Conclusion: The Legacy of the Crusadesp. 657
Acknowledgementsp. 683
Chronologyp. 685
Notesp. 687
Indexp. 743
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