The Crusades: A Very Short Introduction

ISBN : 9780192806550

Christopher Tyerman
184 Pages
111 x 174 mm
Pub date
Oct 2005
Very Short Introductions


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  • A concise study of one of the most extraordinary and dramatic periods in world history
  • Considers the effects of the Crusades on ordinary life in Western Europe and the parts played by ordinary men and women in the conflict
  • Explores the appropriation of the term 'Crusade' for contemporary political ends

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. 


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

About the author: 

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.

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