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  • Copyright: 2005-10-07
  • Publisher: Univ of Michigan Pr

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An important, richly illustrated account of the struggle between Christianity and Islam in the Near East, and an essential guide to understanding many modern-day conflicts, from the Balkans and Lebanon to Palestine and the War on Terror ". . . the ideal volume for anyone with a desire to know more about the struggle between Christianity and Islam in the Near East. . . . Beautifully illustrated, this informative guide to the major Crusades not only clearly defines the conflict and traces the individual campaigns but also places in context the historical roots of the 21st century tensions between Islam and the West." ---Monterey County Herald "The book is a model of organization and pertinent illustration, with maps, sidebars, a chronology and an accessible bibliography. Given so fine and comprehensive an introduction, readers are likely to turn to the classic prose narratives, both Christian and Islamic. They will also have a new appreciation of the current Christian-Islamic conflict and its many roots." ---ForeWord "[Crusades] is attractively illustrated and has a great number of boxes and sidebars offering a more detailed examination of people and events that are mentioned in the main text. A useful introduction to the subject for students and interested readers alike, [and] a fine addition to both public and academic libraries." ---Library Journal * Includes more than 150 photographs, maps, and specially commissioned artworks, all in full color * With special features on a variety of key topics, from Jerusalem: City of Holy Places to the Glories of the Ottoman Empire

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
Christendom and the Ummap. 12
Christian Unity and Divergencep. 14
The Rise of Islamp. 18
Pilgrimagep. 22
The Shared Holy Landp. 24
Christian Holy War and Jihadp. 26
The West Awakes: The Eleventh Centuryp. 28
The First Crusade: "Impelled by the Love of God"p. 32
Chaos in the Eastp. 34
The Armies Departp. 36
The Campaign in Anatoliap. 40
The Sieges of Antiochp. 42
The Road to Jerusalemp. 44
The Fall of the Holy Cityp. 46
The Growth of the Latin Eastp. 48
The Diversity of Crusadingp. 50
"Warrior Monks": The Military Ordersp. 52
The Rise of Islamic Unityp. 54
Crusader Castlesp. 56
The Second Crusade: War Cruel and Unremittingp. 58
Disaster in the Eastp. 60
The Kingdom Recoversp. 64
European Settlement in the Eastp. 66
The Race for Egyptp. 68
The Rise of Saladinp. 70
The Horns of Hattinp. 74
"Sweet Victory": Saladin Triumphantp. 76
The Third Crusade: A Campaign of Europe's Elitep. 78
The Kings Take the Crossp. 80
The Crusade Heads Eastp. 82
Barbarossa's Crusadep. 84
The Siege of Acrep. 86
Control of the Seap. 88
Advance to Jerusalemp. 90
Discord and Rivalryp. 94
The End of the Enterprisep. 96
The Fourth Crusade: A Tragic Misfirep. 98
A New Pope, a New Crusadep. 100
Venice Joins the Crusadep. 102
Broken Promisesp. 104
The Conquest of Zarap. 106
An Errand of Mercyp. 108
Relations Sourp. 110
The Sack of Constantinoplep. 112
The Founding of the Latin Empirep. 114
The Spoils of Warp. 116
Crusades in Europe: Infidels, Pagans, and Hereticsp. 118
The Reconquistap. 120
The Fruits of Three Faithsp. 124
The Wendish Crusadep. 126
Crusades in the Eastern Balticp. 128
The Albigensian Crusadep. 132
Popular Crusadesp. 136
Political Crusadesp. 138
The Hussite Crusadep. 140
The Fifth Crusade to 1291: The Loss of the Holy Landp. 142
The Crusader Statesp. 144
Council and Crusadep. 146
The Fifth Crusadep. 148
Prophecyp. 152
The Crusade of Frederick IIp. 154
Disorder in the Crusader Kingdomp. 156
The First Crusade of Louis IXp. 158
The Mamluk Sultanatep. 160
The End of the Latin Empirep. 162
A Kingdom Without a Kingp. 164
The Second Crusade of Louis IXp. 166
The Decline of the Latin Eastp. 168
The Fall of Acrep. 170
The Last Crusades: The Ottoman Threatp. 172
Crusading Projects and Dreamsp. 174
Cyprus: The New Frontlinep. 176
The Rise of the Ottomansp. 178
The Maritime Leaguep. 180
The Conquest of the Balkansp. 182
The Crusade of Nicopolisp. 184
Disaster at Varnap. 186
The Fall of Constantinoplep. 188
Knights of the Mediterraneanp. 190
The Reformationp. 192
The Battle of Lepantop. 194
The Glories of the Ottomansp. 196
The End of the Crusadesp. 198
The Legacy of the Crusadesp. 200
Crusading in the Western Imaginationp. 202
Islamic Responses to the Westp. 206
A Clash of Civilizations?p. 210
Further Readingp. 212
Chronologyp. 214
Indexp. 215
Text Acknowledgmentsp. 222
Picture Creditsp. 224
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