The First Crusade

The First Crusade

A New History

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Baker & Taylor
An incisive history of the First Crusade provides an exciting account of the three-year expedition to the Holy Land, describing the mobilization of the crusaders in Europe, this journey to Constantinople and the Middle East, their struggle against Muslim armies, and the impact of the crusade on the relationship between Islam and the West. 25,000 first printing.

Baker
& Taylor

A history of the First Crusade provides an account of the three-year expedition to the Holy Land, describing the mobilization of the crusaders in Europe, the journey to Constantinople and the Middle East, their struggle against Muslim armies, and the impact of the crusade on the relationship between Islam and the West.

Oxford University Press
On the last Tuesday of November 1095, Pope Urban II delivered an electrifying speech that launched the First Crusade. His words set Christendom afire. Some 100,000 men, from knights to paupers, took up the call--the largest mobilization of manpower since the fall of the Roman Empire.
Now, in The First Crusade, Thomas Asbridge offers a gripping account of a titanic three-year adventure filled with miraculous victories, greedy princes and barbarity on a vast scale. Readers follow the crusaders from their mobilization in Europe (where great waves of anti-Semitism resulted in the deaths of thousands of Jews), to their arrival in Constantinople, an exotic, opulent city--ten times the size of any city in Europe--that bedazzled the Europeans. Featured in vivid detail are the siege of Nicaea and the pivotal battle for Antioch, the single most important military engagement of the entire expedition, where the crusaders, in desperate straits, routed a larger and better-equipped Muslim army. Through all this, the crusaders were driven on by intense religious devotion, convinced that their struggle would earn them the reward of eternal paradise in Heaven. But when a hardened core finally reached Jerusalem in 1099 they unleashed an unholy wave of brutality, slaughtering thousands of Muslims--men, women, and children--all in the name of Christianity.
The First Crusade marked a watershed in relations between Islam and the West, a conflict that set these two world religions on a course toward deep-seated animosity and enduring enmity. The chilling reverberations of this earth-shattering clash still echo in the world today.


Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, [2004]
Copyright Date: ©2004
ISBN: 9780195178234
0195178238
Branch Call Number: 956.014 ASBRI
Characteristics: xvi, 408 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Notes: Originally published: London : Free Press, 2004

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AngelaSchneider
Nov 05, 2011

Even better than the venerable Steve Runciman - Asbridge offers fresh perspectives and more detail on the First Crusade than anyone else I've read on the subject.

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