The Atlas of the Crusades By Professor Jonathan Riley-Smith
The Atlas of the Crusades
by Jonathan Riley-Smith
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The crusading movement was to play a dramatic role in the religious, political and economic development of Europe and the Near East over 700 years. This atlas traces the history of the crusaders as they fought against Muslims, Mongols, pagans, heretics and non-Catholic Christians.
The crusading movement was to play a dramatic role in the religious, political and economic development of Europe and the Near East over 700 years. In 1095 Pope Urban II called on the knights of Christendom to "liberate" Jerusalem from the Muslims. In response, crusaders from all over Europe were to claim by war, by diplomacy and by settlement, new Catholic Christian territories in the Holy Land. Over the following centuries, crusades were fought on land and at sea in many different theatres of war: the Eastern Mediterranean, the shores of the Baltic and the Black Sea, Spain, North Africa and even within Western Europe. They fought against Muslims, Mongols, pagans, heretics and non-Catholic Christians - in the eyes of the crusaders, all enemies of the church - as well as the political enemies of the Catholic Popes. This atlas traces the history of the crusades.
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Part 1 The way of God: the first crusade; building a movement; the first settlers of the Latin east; war on three fronts; the new knighthood; the Muslim advance and Christian resistance; the recovery of the coast. Part 2 The defence of Christendom: Christian expansion in Europe; the crusade as a means of control; criticism and popular reaction; the sack of Constantinople and conquest of Greece; the home front; the crusades to Egypt; settlers, traders and missionaries; Muslims and mongols. Part 3 Crusading and the world of chivalry: crusading in crisis; Europe - the traditions maintained; island and coastal settlements; new strategies, new enemies; the fall of Constantinople. Part 4 The last crusaders: crusading in a changed world; the legacy.
The Atlas of the Crusades by Jonathan Riley-Smith
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