HISTORY OF THE CRUSADES, A
HISTORY OF THE CRUSADES, A
HISTORY OF THE CRUSADES, A
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HISTORY OF THE CRUSADES, A

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By Steven Runciman

Sir Steven Runciman's three volume A History of the Crusades is one of the great classics of English historical writing.

Volume I: The First Crusade and the Foundation of the Kingdom of Jerusalem
This volume deals completely with the First Crusade and the foundation of the kingdom of Jerusalem. As Runciman says in his preface: 'Whether we regard the Crusades as the most tremendous and most romantic of Christian adventures, or as the last of the barbarian invasions, they form a central fact in medieval history. Before their inception the center of our civilization was placed in Byzantium and in the lands of the Arab caliphate. Before they faded out the hegemony in civilization had passed to western Europe. Out of this transference modern history was born. (1987)

Volume II: The Kingdom of Jerusalem and the Frankish East, 1100-1187
This volume describes the Frankish states of Outremer from the accession of King Baldwin I to the re-conquest of Jerusalem by Saladin. As Runciman says in his preface, 'The politics of the Moslem world in the early twelfth-century defy straightforward analysis, but they must be understood if we are to understand the establishment of the Crusader states and the later causes of the recovery of Islam … The main theme in this volume is warfare … I have followed the example of the old chroniclers, who knew their business; for war was the background to life in Outremer and the hazards of the battlefield often decided its destiny. (1987)

Volume III: The Kingdom of Acre and the Later Crusades
In this final volume, Runciman examines the revival of the Frankish kingdom at the time of the Third Crusade until its collapse a century later. The interwoven themes of the book include: Christiandom, the replacement of the cultured Ayubites by the less sympathetic Mameluks as leader of the Moslem world, and the coming of the Mongols. He includes a chapter on architecture and the arts, and an epilogue on the last manifestations of the Crusading spirit. (1987)

Cambridge University Press (1987)