This is the most acclaimed, short introduction to the Crusades - by the world's foremost authority on the subject! Find out the truth for yourself and separate fact from fiction.
Few attempts had been made to defined 'the crusade' before the first edition of this book was published in 1977. Since then, a number of historians have built on Jonathan Riley-Smith's original conclusions. Now in its fourth edition, this classic starting-point for the study of the crusading movement has been thoroughly revised and up-dated tin the light of recent research.
What Were the Crusades?
Original in its conception, this essential guide is a contribution of major importance to crusading scholarship. In its clear and concise treatment of the issues, it remains an unequalled introduction to the subject for students and general readers alike.
Jonathan Riley-Smith is Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.