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Armies of Heaven The First Crusade and the Quest for Apocalypse

ISBN-10: 0465019293
ISBN-13: 9780465019298
Edition: 2011
Authors: Jay Rubenstein
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Book details

List price: $33.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 11/1/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 424
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.474
Language: English

At Moson, the river Danube ran red with blood. At Antioch, the Crusaders-- their saddles freshly decorated with sawed-off heads--indiscriminately clogged the streets with the bodies of eastern Christians and Turks. At Ma'arra, they cooked children on spits and ate them. By the time the Crusaders reached Jerusalem, their quest--and their violence-- had become distinctly otherworldly: blood literally ran shin-deep through the streets as the Crusaders overran the sacred city. Beginning in 1095 and culminating four bloody years later, the First Crusade represented a new kind of warfare: holy, unrestrained, and apocalyptic. In Armies of Heaven, medieval historian Jay Rubenstein tells the story of this cataclysmic event through the eyes of those who witnessed it, emphasizing the fundamental role that apocalyptic thought played in motivating the Crusaders. A thrilling work of military and religious history, Armies of Heavenwill revolutionize our understanding of the Crusades.

Introduction
Jerusalem, on Earth as It Is in Heaven (1009, 1064-1065, and 1095-1096)
The Pope's Plan (November 1095)
The Response: The Princes, the Prophets, the People (December 1096-May 1097)
The Road to Constantinople (June 1096-April 1097)
Deals with Devils: The Crusaders at Constantinople (August 1096-April 1097)
The Nicene Deal (May 1097-June 1097)
"Saracens," Through a Glass Darkly
Enemy Country (June 29, 1097-October 22, 1097)
Starvation and Nightmare: The Siege of Antioch Begins (October 1097-January 1098)
A Brief Account of Baldwin of Boulogne's Adventures in Syria (February 1098-March 1098)
Reversal of Fortune and a River of Blood: The Battle for Antioch Continues (March 1098-April 1098)
Truce and Consequences: The Fall of Antioch (April 1098-June 1098)
Violent Men
Kerbogah and the Lance (June 1098)
Feasting on the Fallen: Antioch to Ma'arra (June 1097-January 1099)
Trial by Fire (January 1099-April 1099)
Seeking a New Apocalypse (April 1099-May 1099)
Jerusalem (May 1099-July 1099)
The Last Emperor (July 1099)
Ascalon, the Sixth Battle (August 1099)
Conclusion: The Never-Ending Apocalypse
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
A Note on Sources
Notes
Index

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