An Introduction to the Crusades

By S.J. Allen

© 2017

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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  • Series: Companions to Medieval Studies
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  • Page Count: 208 pages
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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.

An Introduction to the Crusades

By S.J. Allen

© 2017

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.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Companions to Medieval Studies
  • Division: Higher Education
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.3in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    S.J. Allen provides a pedagogically innovative introduction to the Crusades with numerous references to the documents in The Crusades: A Reader. Her development of the broad phenomena of crusading from the eleventh to the sixteenth century is concise and cogent. Chapters on the crusade experience in material and military terms and an interesting case study of the diplomatic interactions between Saladin and Richard the Lionheart are particularly welcome. A final chapter problematizes the concept of the Crusades with a survey of their evolving reception over time in history, literature, and film.
    Kathryn Reyerson, University of Minnesota

    For over a decade S.J. Allen and Emilie Amt's The Crusades: A Reader has been a standard classroom resource for students on the Crusades. Now, Allen has given us a handbook to that popular source collection. As a standalone text, this book would be a welcome addition to the rapidly growing range of textbook offerings on the Crusades. Allen's clear and accessible narrative balances a concise overview of crusading through 1291 with thematic analysis of logistics, combat, memory, and more. But as a companion to the reader, with its many cross references to those documents as well as to some of the most recent literature, the book is an even more effective resource.
    James D. Mixson, University of Alabama
  • Author Information

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

    List of Illustrations and Maps
    List of Text Boxes
    Acknowledgments
    Preface

    1. The Crusades: A Brief History
    Prologue: Defining the Crusades
      Box 1.1: Pilgrimage
    Setting the Scene: Byzantine, Western Europe, the Islamic States and Jewish Communities
      Box 1.2: Islam: Sunni and Shi'a
    On the Eve of the Crusades: the Eleventh Century
    The First Crusade
      Box 1.3: The Crusades and Attacks on Jewish Communities
    The Crusader States
    The Second and Third Crusades
      Box 1.4: Women on Crusade
    A New Crusading Vision:  At Home and Abroad
      Box 1.5: The Children's and Shepherds' Crusades
    Crusades Across the Borders
    The Twilight of the Crusades
      Box 1.6: The Mongols and the Legend of Prester John
      Box 1.7: The Fate of the Military Orders after 1291
    The End of Medieval Crusading

    2. There and Back Again: The Logistics of Crusading and Life as a Crusader in the Levant
    Preparation and Finance
      Box 2.1: Crusade Charters
    Transport and Provisions
    Life and Death in the Levant
     Settlement and Occupations
       Box 2.2: Muslims under Latin Rule
     Desertion
     Massacre and Captivity
     Slavery
     Burial
     Returning Home

    3. Holy Warfare: Combat in the Crusading Age
    General Organization and Recruitment
    Manuscript and Material Evidence
    Arms and Armor
    Strategy and Tactics
    Siege Warfare
    Open Battle
    Naval Engagements
      Box 3.1: Crusader Castles
    Matters of Life and Death
     Injury
     Illness
     Medicine and Treatment
       Box 3.2: Hospitals

    4. A Case Study Exercise: Saladin and Richard I, Negotiations for Jerusalem
    Jerusalem
    Stalemate and Negotiations – the evidence
    Document 1: Baha' al-Din on Negotiations between Richard I and Saladin
    Document 2: The Itinerary of the Pilgrims and Deeds of King Richard (Itinerarium Peregrinorum et Gesta Regis Ricardi)
    Questions

    5. The Crusades and Modern Memory
    The Reformation (ca 1517-1649)
    The Enlightenment (ca 1650-1800)
    Romanticism (ca 1770-1850)
    Nineteenth-Century Nationalism, Imperialism and Christian Militarism
    Nineteenth-Century Islam and the Crusades
    The Twentieth Century
    The Twenty-First Century
      Box 5.1: Matthew Schlimm's Analysis of Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven

    Questions for Reflection
    Chronology
    Glossary
    Who's Who in the Crusading World
    References
    Index

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