An Introduction to the Crusades (Companions to Medieval Studies)

An Introduction to the Crusades (Companions to Medieval Studies)
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
Date: 2017-05-04
ISBN-10: 1442600233
ISBN-13: 9781442600232
Language: English
Pages: 208
Added: 2019-01-26 01:06:07

An Introduction to the Crusades, part of the Companions to Medieval Studies series, is an accessible guide to studying the complex history of the Crusades.

The book begins by defining the Crusades, giving the political and social context of Byzantium, Western Europe, the Islamic States, and Jewish communities to set the scene for crusading from the eleventh century to the end of the medieval period. It then immerses the reader in the logistics of crusading and the day-to-day life of a crusader, explaining arms and armor, strategy and tactics, and siege warfare. Topics explored in depth include women on crusade, pilgrimage, the Mongols, crusade charters, and the use of crusader rhetoric throughout history. A case study chapter on the negotiations for Jerusalem between Saladin and Richard I provides insight into the process of historical inquiry and methods for engaging with primary sources.

The book is pedagogically grounded through the inclusion of questions for reflection, sixteen images, four maps, a detailed chronology, a glossary, a "Who’s Who" of the crusading world, and a bibliography.
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