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The First Crusade

Steven Runciman

The First Crusade

Steven Runciman

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Whether the Crusades are regarded as the most romantic of Christian expeditions, or the last of the barbarian invasions, they remain one of the most exciting and colourful adventure stories in history. An army of mounted warriors, travelling with peasants, merchants and artisans, faced a journey over hostile terrain, meeting with unforeseen antagonism, desert heat, and the constant struggle to feed and water their troops and horses. Remittance from penance, a desire to see the Holy Places, or greed for the power and booty to be captured in the East spurred the crusaders on towards the prize, be it spiritual or temporal, of the Holy City of Jerusalem. Their journey's spectacular culmination was the long siege of Jerusalem, at the end of which the Crusaders, by a brilliant tactical manoeuvre, broke down its defences and poured into the city which erupted in a bloody massacre. Steven Runciman's History of the Crusades is justly acclaimed as the most complete and fascinating account of the historic journey to save the Holy Lands from the infidel.

- Publisher 'It reads magnificently. As an example of sustained and intelligent narrative it could hardly be bettered. Sir Steven's great achievement was to make a complicated subject appear simple and then to write it up beautifully ... No one is likely to surpass Sir Steven's powers of synthesis or the masterly way he writes.' History Today

- Publisher Whether the Crusades are regarded as the most romantic of Christian expeditions, or the last of the barbarian invasions, their story remains one of the most exciting & colourful adventures in history.

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About "The First Crusade"

Whether the Crusades are regarded as the most romantic of Christian expeditions, or the last of the barbarian invasions, they remain one of the most exciting and colourful adventure stories in history. An army of mounted warriors, travelling with peasants, merchants and artisans, faced a journey over hostile terrain, meeting with unforeseen antagonism, desert heat, and the constant struggle to feed and water their troops and horses. Remittance from penance, a desire to see the Holy Places, or greed for the power and booty to be captured in the East spurred the crusaders on towards the prize, be it spiritual or temporal, of the Holy City of Jerusalem. Their journey's spectacular culmination was the long siege of Jerusalem, at the end of which the Crusaders, by a brilliant tactical manoeuvre, broke down its defences and poured into the city which erupted in a bloody massacre. Steven Runciman's History of the Crusades is justly acclaimed as the most complete and fascinating account of the historic journey to save the Holy Lands from the infidel.
- Publisher

'It reads magnificently. As an example of sustained and intelligent narrative it could hardly be bettered. Sir Steven's great achievement was to make a complicated subject appear simple and then to write it up beautifully ... No one is likely to surpass Sir Steven's powers of synthesis or the masterly way he writes.' History Today
- Publisher

Whether the Crusades are regarded as the most romantic of Christian expeditions, or the last of the barbarian invasions, their story remains one of the most exciting & colourful adventures in history.
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Steven Runciman

Sir Steven Runciman (1903 2000) was the pre-eminent historian of the Crusades and the Byzantine Empire. His acclaimed History of the Crusades was first published from 1951 4.

Table Of Contents

  • Introductory Note
  • 1. The Reign Of Antichrist
  • 2. The Pilgrimage Of Christ
  • 3. Confusion In The East
  • 4. Holy Peace And War
  • 5. The Summoning
  • 6. The People's Expedition
  • 7. The German Crusade
  • 8. The Princes And The Emperor
  • 9. The Campaign In Asia Minor
  • 10. Armenian Interlude
  • 11. Before The Walls Of Antioch
  • 12 The Possession Of Antioch
  • 13. The Road To Jerusalem
  • 14. The Triumph Of The Cross
  • Epilogue
  • Index.

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  • Catalogue Code 26656
  • Product Code 0521427053
  • EAN 9780521427050
  • Pages 209
  • Department Academic
  • Category History
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Cambridge University Uk
  • Publication Date Jan 1992
  • Dimensions 216 x 138 x 15 mm
  • Weight 0.263kg

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