The Crusades: A Reader

Edited by S.J. Allen and Emilie Amt

© 2003

The crusades have always been a source of fascination and debate. With current world events, that interest has only grown as people try to understand the sources of conflict between the Middle East and Europe, and between Islamic and Christian peoples. This beautiful addition to the Readings in Medieval Civilizations and Cultures series brings together an unprecedented range of primary source texts on the topic from the medieval era. Of special note are the non-Christian materials—Muslim and Jewish sources—included along with standard European Christian texts. Also included are Greek sources, materials on Latin crusader states, and a chapter on Spain. Ideological, economic, social, and cultural issues are covered along with the more standard military and political concerns.

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This beautiful addition to the Readings in Medieval Civilizations and Cultures series brings together an unprecedented range of primary source texts on the topic from the medieval era.

The Crusades: A Reader

Edited by S.J. Allen and Emilie Amt

© 2003

The crusades have always been a source of fascination and debate. With current world events, that interest has only grown as people try to understand the sources of conflict between the Middle East and Europe, and between Islamic and Christian peoples. This beautiful addition to the Readings in Medieval Civilizations and Cultures series brings together an unprecedented range of primary source texts on the topic from the medieval era. Of special note are the non-Christian materials—Muslim and Jewish sources—included along with standard European Christian texts. Also included are Greek sources, materials on Latin crusader states, and a chapter on Spain. Ideological, economic, social, and cultural issues are covered along with the more standard military and political concerns.

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  • Page Count: 430 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    This collection of translated sources is one of the most comprehensive yet assembled. It covers the centuries from the late eleventh to the early sixteenth and includes texts illustrating actions in theatres-of-war which are often ignored such as Spain, the Baltic region and the interior of western Europe. It is to be recommended as a very congenial and informative introduction to a large, complex and historically important subject.


    Jonathan Riley-Smith, Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge

    The most extensive collection of translated sources for the crusades available today. The editors have brought together a wealth of material from Muslim and Christian sources dealing with a wide array of subjects. The editors’ approach to the crusades is expansive, beginning with early ideas of holy war and extending to the waning of the movement and its effect on the subsequent age of discovery.


    Thomas F. Madden, Saint Louis University
  • Author Information

    S.J. Allen is Associate Lecturer in Arts and Humanities at The Open University, UK.


    Emilie Amt is the Hildegarde Pilgram Professor of History at Hood College, Maryland. Her books include Medieval England: 1000-1500: A Reader (2009) and Women's Lives in Medieval Europe (2010).
  • Table of contents

    Introduction

    I. Background and Origins

    1. The Pilgrimage of Etheria
    2. Augustine of Hippo on the Just War
    3. The Quran
    4. Al-Baladhuri on Early Muslim Conquests
    5. The Pact of Omar
    6. Early Indulgences
    7. Ibnu Hayyan on Warfare in Spain
    8. The Song of Roland
    9. Declaration of the Truce of God
    10. Accounts of the Seljuk Conquests
    11. Gregory VII's Call for Assistance to the Greeks

    II. The First Crusade

    12. Urban II's Call for a Crusade
    13. Albert of Aachen on the Peasants' Crusade
    14. Solomon Bar Samson on the Massacres of Jews
    15. Anna Comnena's Alexiad
    16. The Deeds of the Franks
    17. Letter of Stephen of Blois
    18. Anselm of Ribemont on Events at Antioch
    19. Ralph of Caen on Divisions among the Crusaders
    20. Raymond of Aguilers on the Fall of Jerusalem
    21. Letter of Pope Paschal on the Capture of Jerusalem
    22. Muslim Reaction to the Fall of Jerusalem

    III. The Crusader States

    23. William of Tyre's History
    24. Fulcher of Chartres's History
    25. Venetian Treaty
    26. Laws of the Kingdom of Jerusalem
    27. The Travels of Saewulf
    28. John of Wurzburg's Pilgrim Guide
    29. The Travels of Ibn Jubayr
    30. Memoirs of Usamah Ibn Munqidh
    31. The Itinerary of Benjamin Tudela
    32. Burchard of Mt. Sion on the People of Palestine

    IV. The Second and Third Crusades

    33. Ibn al-Qalanisi on Zengi and Nur ad-Din
    34. Ibn al-Athir on the Fall of Edessa
    35. Letter of Bernard of Clairvaux
    36. Odo of Deuil: The Journey of Louis VII to the East
    37. John Kinnamos: The Deeds of John and Manuel Comnenus
    38. Analyses of the Second Crusade
    39. Baha ad-Din's Life of Saladin
    40. Imad ad-Din on the Battle of Hattin
    41. Roger of Wendover on the Fall of Jerusalem
    42. Letters on the Fall of Jerusalem
    43. Taxation and Regulations for the Third Crusade
    44. Accounts of the Third Crusade

    V. The Culture and Logistics of Crusading

    45. Gerald of Wales on Preaching a Crusade
    46. Privileges and Indulgences
    47. Personal Arrangements
    48. Liturgy for Pilgrims and Crusaders
    49. Bernard of Clairvaux: In Praise of the New Knighthood
    50. The Rule of the Templars
    51. Financial Accounts
    52. Travel Information
    53. The Saga of Sigurd the Crusader
    54. Stories of Women Crusaders
    55. Crusading Songs

    VI. The Age of Innocent III

    56. Letters of Innocent III
    57. Accounts of the Fourth Crusade
    58. Documents on the Sack of Constantinople
    59. Bernard of Gui's Manual for Inquisitors
    60. Accounts of the Albigensian Crusade
    61. Accounts of the Children's Crusade
    62. Decrees of the Fourth Lateran Council
    63. Oliver of Paderborn on the Fifth Crusade

    VII. Crusades of the Holy Roman Empire

    64. Charter to German Settlers
    65. Poem Describing Cistercian Settlement
    66. Proclamations of Northern European Crusades
    67. Helmold's Chronicle of the Slavs
    68. The Chronicle of Henry of Livonia
    69. Rule of the Teutonic Knights
    70. Nikolaus von Jeroschin on the Prussian Crusades
    71. Philip of Novara on Frederick II's Crusade
    72. Frederick II on His Taking of Jerusalem
    73. Responses to Frederick II's Crusade

    VIII. Conflict and Coexistence in Spain

    74. Chronicle of the Cid
    75. Accounts of Arab Learning
    76. The Conquest of Lisbon
    77. Alfonso VIII's Report on Las Navas de Tolosa
    78. Muslim-Christian Treaty
    79. Moorish Laws
    80. Christian Laws
    81. Constitutions of the Order of Merced
    82. Expulsion of the Jews from Spain
    83. Abu Abdilla Mohammed on the Expulsion of the Muslims

    IX. Crusades at the Crossroads

    84. Joinville's Life of St. Louis
    85. Matthew Paris on the Shepherds' Crusade
    86. Ibn Al-Athir on the Mongol Invasion
    87. Ibn 'Abd al-Zahir's Biography of Baybars
    88. Ludolph von Suchem on the Fall of Acre and Its Aftermath
    89. Pierre Dubois's The Recovery of the Holy Land
    90. Humbert of Romans's Defense of Crusading
    91. Ramon Lull's Plan to Convert the Muslims
    92. Marsilius of Padua's The Defender of Peace
    93. Order for the Arrest of the Templars
    94. Papal Bull Suppressing the Templars

    X. From Crusades to Colonization

    95. John Mandeville on Prester John
    96. Letters between Pope Innocent IV and Guyuk Khan
    97. William of Rubruck on the Mongols
    98. Johann Schiltberger on the Nicopolis Crusade
    99. Kritovoulos on the Fall of Constantinople
    100. Gianfrancesco Morosini on the Janissaries
    101. Christine de Pisan's Song of Joan of Arc
    102. Pius II's Commentaries
    103. Erasmus's On the War Against the Turks
    104. Narratives of Exploration

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