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The Crusades: A Very Short Introduction By Christopher Tyerman (Lecturer in Medieval History at Hertford College and New College, Oxford)

The Crusades: A Very Short Introduction
by Christopher Tyerman (Lecturer in Medieval History at Hertford College and New College, Oxford)

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The Crusades were one of the most extraordinary, vivid episodes in world history. But were they motivated by spiritual reward or by greed? Were they an early experiment in European colonialism? How were they organized? With customary flair and originality, Christopher Tyerman picks his way through the many debates to present a clear and lively discussion of the Crusades.
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The Crusades: A Very Short Introduction by Christopher Tyerman (Lecturer in Medieval History at Hertford College and New College, Oxford)

Crusading fervour gripped Europe for over 200 years, creating one of the most extraordinary, vivid episodes in world history. Whether the Crusades are regarded as the most romantic of Christian expeditions, or the last of the barbarian invasions, they have fascinated generations ever since, and their legacy of ideas and imagery has resonated through the centuries, inspiring Hollywood movies and great works of literature. Even today, to invoke the Crusades is to stir deep cultural myths, assumptions and prejudices. Yet despite their powerful hold on our imaginations, our knowledge of them remains obscured an distorted by time. Were the Crusaders motivated by spiritual rewards, or by greed? Were the Crusades an experiment in European colonialism, or a manifestation of religious love? How were they organized and founded? With customary flair and originality, Christopher Tyerman picks his way through the many debates to present a clear and lively discussion of the Crusades; bringing together issues of colonialism, cultural exchange, economic exploitation, and the relationship between past and present. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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About Christopher Tyerman (Lecturer in Medieval History at Hertford College and New College, Oxford)


Dr. Christopher Tyerman is lecturer in Medieval History at Hertford College and New College, Oxford. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and editor of 'Oxford Historian'. He has published extensively on crusading history.

Table of Contents


1. Definition and Scope ; 2. Sources and Perspectives ; 3. Holy War ; 4. Holy lands ; 5. The Business of the Cross Conclusion ; Conclusion ; Further reading

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The Crusades: A Very Short Introduction by Christopher Tyerman (Lecturer in Medieval History at Hertford College and New College, Oxford)
Christopher Tyerman (Lecturer in Medieval History at Hertford College and New College, Oxford)
Very Short Introductions
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Oxford University Press
2005-10-01
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0192806556
9780192806550
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