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The Crusades 1095-1197 Paperback – July 5, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0582328228 ISBN-10: 0582328225 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (July 5, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582328225
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582328228
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,070,426 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Refreshing an often-told story...without overwhelming the reader...he correctly places the Crusades in their historical perspective in an accessible manner"

 BBC History

"...[Phillips] hits the bull's-eye in his level of detail, well chosen primary sources, and broad array of learning aids."

"...teachers and students will find the combination of features highly convenient."

Deborah Gerish, Crusades, Vol 4 (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006)

From the Back Cover

The age of the Crusades exerts a powerful grip on the contemporary imagination. The word 'crusade' is still in everyday use - and misuse - as invoking a sense of right or moral worth. But what really motivated the crusaders back in the eleventh and twelfth centuries? What impelled men to march 4000 kilometres, risking starvation and battle, to take the holy city of Jerusalem, and then to establish a Christian presence in the Levant? And what was the response of the Muslim world to this new phenomenon? The Crusades, 1095-1197 explores the origins and development of the crusades in their proper historical context.  Narrative chapters cover: * the First Crusade and the capture of Jerusalem (1099)* the process of Frankish settlement* the failure of the Second Crusade (1145-49)* the rise of Saladin* Richard the Lionheart and the Final Crusade (1189-92) Thematic chapters also consider issues such as the Military Orders, kingship, castles and warfare. A Chronology, Who's Who and Documents from Christian and Muslim writers ensure that the book provides an accessible and lively insight into one of the most compelling periods of history. Jonathan Phillips is Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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15 of 30 people found the following review helpful By coolhandluke1967 on June 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
Jonathan Phillips is a first-rate scholar. This book, however, is of very limited usefulness. The biggest problem is how it suddenly ends in 1197. The crusader states lasted nearly another hundred years (though the author generously offers a brief summary of 1198-1291 in a couple of paragraphs -- very useful!!) Phillips gives us little reason for abruptly ending at this date -- merely claiming that 1197 supposedly marks the zenith of Frankish territorial holdings in Syria. This claim is silly as the crusaders had already lost control of Jerusalem ten years before.

Moreover, as Phillips himself ascribes to the pluralist school of crusading history (a position held by most current crusades scholars) - which maintains that crusades occurred outside of the Holy Land and that the crusading movement continued with some vitality well after 1291 - his decision to end the book at this point is even more perplexing. This decision suggests some laziness on the part of either author or publisher as well as a desire to quickly cash-in on this current hot topic.

That being said, the information contained in this survey is excellent and the writing is appealing and accessible. It is a bit odd, though, how Phillips refers to himself in the third person when he is citing his other scholarly work. The book also contains a useful chronology [though it ends in 1197 - Argh!!!] and approximately 50 pages of primary source documents. While these features would have been valuables aids for classroom teaching, the limited scope of the book prevents one from using it in a course on the Crusades.

Someone wanting a popular, general study of the crusades should look to Thomas F Madden's, A New Concise History of the Crusades or Jonathan Riley-Smith's, The Crusades: A Short History.
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