Journals Higher Education



Published: 29 September 2005

448 Pages | 9 maps, 30 halftones

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195189056

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The First Crusade

A New History

Thomas Asbridge

Drawing on innovative scholarship, original research, and an intimate knowledge of the Levant, historian Thomas Asbridge sheds new light on the first crusade, from its inception to its bloody ending, and brings to focus the true nature of relations between Christendom and Islam and how it was transformed by the attack on the Holy Land. Readers will follow the crusaders from the early mobilization in Europe to their arrival in the bafflingly exotic and cosmopolitan cities of the East. Included at descriptions of the brutal battles they fought, including an anti-Semitic massacre in Europe, the siege of Nicaea, the pivotal battle for Antioch, and the slaughter of thousands of Muslim civilians in Jerusalem. The First Crusade will inspire further study of both European and Middle Eastern history, while facilitating a better understanding of the connections between the two.