God's war : a new history of the Crusades

  • Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press 2006
Physical description
xvi, 1023 p., [16] p. of plates : col. ill., maps ; 24 cm.
  • 0674023870 (alk. paper)
  • 9780674023871 (alk. paper)
  • 9780674030701
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 923-990) and index.
  • The First Crusade. The origins of Christian holy war -- The summons to Jerusalem -- The march to Constantinople -- The road to the Holy Sepulchre -- Frankish Outremer. The foundation of Christian Outremer -- The Latin states -- East is east and east is west: Outremer in the twelfth century -- The Second Crusade. A new path to salvation? Western Christendom and holy war, 1100-1145 -- God's bargain: summoning the Second Crusade -- 'The spirit of the pilgrim God': fighting the Second Crusade -- The Third Crusade. 'A great cause for mourning': the revival of crusading and the Third Crusade -- The call of the Cross -- To the siege of Acre -- The Palestine War, 1191-2 -- The Fourth Crusade. 'Ehud's sharpened sword' -- The Fourth Crusade: preparations -- The Fourth Crusade: diversion -- The expansion of crusading. The Albigensian Crusades, 1209-29 -- The Fifth Crusade, 1213-21 -- Frontier crusades 1: conquest in Spain -- Frontier crusades 2: the Baltic and the North -- The defence of Outremer. Survival and decline: the Frankish Holy Land in the thirteenth century -- The defence of the Holy Land, 1221-44 -- Louis IX and the fall of mainland Outremer, 1244-91 -- The later crusades. The eastern crusades in the later Middle Ages -- The crusade and Christian society in the later Middle Ages.
  • Bibliography
  • Illustrated
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  • English


  • Subject: From 1096 to 1500, European Christians fought to recreate the Middle East, Muslim Spain, and the pagan Baltic in the image of their God. The Crusades are perhaps both the most familiar and most misunderstood phenomena of the medieval world, and here Christopher Tyerman seeks to recreate, from the ground up, the centuries of violence committed as an act of religious devotion.