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|| The crusading movement and historians / Jonathan Riley-Smith -- Origins / Marcus Bull -- The crusading movement, 1096-1274 / Simon Lloyd -- The state of mind of crusaders to the East, 1095-1300 / Jonathan Riley-Smith -- Songs / Michael Routledge -- The Latin East, 1098-1291 / Jonathan Phillips -- Art in the Latin East, 1098-1291 / Jaroslav Folda -- Architecture in the Latin East, 1098-1571 / Denys Pringle -- The military orders, 1120-1312 / Alan Forey -- Islam and the Crusades, 1096-1699 / Robert Irwin -- The crusading movement, 1274-1700 / Norman Housley -- The Latin East, 1291-1669 / Peter Edbury -- The military orders, 1312-1798 / Anthony Luttrell -- Images of the Crusades in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries / Elizabeth Siberry -- Revival and survival / Jonathan Riley-Smith.
|| In The Oxford Illustrated History of the Crusades, the story of the Crusades is told as never before in an engrossing, authoritative, and comprehensive history that ranges from the preaching of the First Crusade in 1095 to the legacy of the crusading ideals and imagery that continues today. Here are the ideas of apologists, propagandists, and poets about the Crusades, as well as the perceptions and motives of the crusaders themselves and the means by which they joined the movement. The authors describe the elaborate social and civic systems that arose to support the Crusades--taxation, for example, were formalized by the Church and monarchs to raise enormous funds needed to wage war on this scale. And here are vivid descriptions of the battles themselves, frightening, disorienting, and dangerous affairs, with keen and insightful commentary on the reactions of the Muslims to a Christian holy war. Extensively illustrated with hundreds of photographs, paintings, drawings, maps, chronologies, and a guide to further reading, The Oxford Illustrated History of the Crusades even includes coverage of crusades outside the eastern Mediterranean region and post-medieval crusades. From descriptions of the battles and home-front conditions, to a thorough evaluation of the clash (and coalescence) of cultures, to the legacy of the crusading movement that continues into our conflict-torn twentieth-century, to the enduring artistic and social changes that the Crusades wrought, The Oxford Illustrated History of the Crusades offers an informative, engaging, and unsurpassed panorama of one of the great movements in western history.