First Crusade A New History - The Roots of Conflict Between Christianity and Islam

ISBN-10: 0195189051
ISBN-13: 9780195189056
Edition: 2005
Authors: Thomas Asbridge
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List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/29/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.30" tall
Weight: 1.650
Language: English

In The First Crusade, Thomas Asbridge offers a gripping account of a titanic three-year adventure filled with miraculous victories, greedy princes, and barbarity on a vast scale. Beginning with the electrifying speech delivered by Pope Urban II on the last Tuesday of November in the year 1095, readers will follow the more than 100,000 men who took up the call from their mobilization in Europe (where great waves of anti-Semitism resulted in the deaths of thousands of Jews), to their arrival in Constanstinople, an exotic, opulent city--ten times the size of any city in Europe--that bedazzled the Europeans. Featured in vivid detail are the siege of Nicaea and the pivotal battle for Antioch, the single most important military engagement of the entire expedition, where the crusaders, in desparate straits, routed a larger and better equipped Muslim army. Through all this, the crusaders were driven on by intense religious devotion, convinced that their struggle would earn them the reward of eternal paradise in Heaven. But when a hardened core finally reached Jerusalem in 1099 they unleahsed an unholy wave of brutality, slaughtering thousands of Muslims--men, women, and children--all in the name of Christianity. The First Crusade marked a watershed in relations between Islam and the West, a conflict that set these two world religions on a course toward deep-seated animosity and enduring enmity. The chilling reverberations of this earth-shattering clash still echo in the world today.

Thomas Asbridge is a Reader in Medieval History at Queen Mary University in London, and an internationally renowned expert on the history of the Crusades. He has written and presented a major BBC TV series on the Crusades and a documentary on William Marshal. His acclaimed titles The First Crusade and The Crusades are also available from Simon & Schuster.

Preface
List of Maps
Cast of Characters
Holy War Proclaimed
Afire with Crusading Fever
The Journey to Byzantium
The First Storm of War
Before the Walls of Antioch
Tightening the Screw
To the Edge of Annihilation
Descent into Discord
The Faltering Path
The Holy City
Aftermath
Conclusion
Glossary
Chronology
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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