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An Analysis of Jonathan Riley-Smith's The First Crusade and the Idea of Crusading By Damien Peters

An Analysis of Jonathan Riley-Smith's The First Crusade and the Idea of Crusading by Damien Peters

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Riley-Smith's 1986 book gives convincing case for a 'revisionist' view of the crusades, challenging the common belief that the crusades were motivated by fanaticism and were designed to plunder the Holy Lands.

An Analysis of Jonathan Riley-Smith's The First Crusade and the Idea of Crusading Summary

An Analysis of Jonathan Riley-Smith's The First Crusade and the Idea of Crusading by Damien Peters

Perhaps no work of history written in the 20th century has done more to undermine an existing consensus and cause its readers to re-evaluate their own preconceptions than has Jonathan Riley-Smith's revisionist account of the motives of the first crusaders.

Riley-Smith's thesis - based on extensive original research and firmly rooted in his refusal to uncritically accept the evidence or reasoning of earlier historians - is that the majority of the men who travelled to the east on crusade in the years 1098-1100 were primarily motivated by faith. This finding, which ran directly counter to at least four centuries of consensus that other motives, not least greed for land, were more important, has helped to stimulate exciting reappraisals of the whole crusading movement. Riley-Smith backed it up with forensic examination of the key crusader-inspiring speech delivered by Pope Urban II, looking to clarify the meanings of five competing contemporary accounts in order to understand how an initially simple, and rather confused, appeal for help became a sophisticated rationale for the concept of 'just war.'

About Damien Peters

Damien Peters holds an MA in the History of International Relations from University College, Dublin.

Table of Contents

Ways in to the Text Who was Jonathan Riley-Smith? What does The First Crusade and the Idea of Crusading Say? Why does The First Crusade and the Idea of Crusading Matter? Section 1: Influences Module 1: The Author and the Historical Context Module 2: Academic Context Module 3: The Problem Module 4: The Author's Contribution Section 2: Ideas Module 5: Main Ideas Module 6: Secondary Ideas Module 7: Achievement Module 8: Place in the Author's Work Section 3: Impact Module 9: The First Responses Module 10: The Evolving Debate Module 11: Impact and Influence Today Module 12: Where Next? Glossary of Terms People Mentioned in the Text Works Cited

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NGR9781912128259
9781912128259
191212825X
An Analysis of Jonathan Riley-Smith's The First Crusade and the Idea of Crusading by Damien Peters
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Macat International Limited
2017-07-15
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