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R the Crusades are regarded as the most idealistic of Christian expeditions or the last of the barbarian invasions they remain one of the most exciting adventure stories in history Steven Runicman's History of the Cr. When Raymond of Aguilers later that morning went to visit the Temple area he had to pick his way through corpses and blood that reached up to his kneesAs much as I enjoyed the scholar s book on the Fall of Constantinople I found this a well researched linear survey but one lacking resonance The seuence is delineated but not explained or explored other than the traditional idea that it was opportunity meshed with spiritual responsibility which encouraged the papal decree that white Christians should travel across Europe to perhaps kill brown Christians along with the obvious targets of Turks Jews and Arabs There are a few Runciman bullet points which must have been provocative at the time of publication 1950 Augustine didn t see spiritual merit in pilgrimage but Jerome did and afterwards cousin business was booming Maybe Islam was an improvement on Christianity and people often forget in our regional xenophobia that Christianity was an Eastern religion in terms of relative geography

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Usades has been acclaimed as a fascinating account of the historic journey to save the Holy Land from the infidel This abridgment makes accessible to broader readership one of the most compelling historical narrative. History is necessarily a catalog of folly because that s what we human beings excel at As one might expect therefore the writing of history is also a fool s errand For what he has said and for what he has failed to say the historian will always be blamed But a rollicking good story covers a multitude of sinsTake for example The First Crusade the first installment of Steven Runciman s famous three volume history of that peculiar medieval pastime This is the book published in 1951 that changed the way the English speaking world thought of and remembered the crusades Prior to Runciman you might say the crusades were a triumph of Western culture after Runciman a regrettable interlude of unwarranted rapacity and bloodlust Runciman himself doesn t take things as far as some of his ideologically driven successors have done But he certainly has a fondness for the sophistication of Byzantium and the Muslim emirs of the eastern Mediterranean by contrast he considers the western crusaders coarse and mildly barbaricTo the Byzantines Runciman gives an especially sympathetic reading You see this for example in his apology for their military losses against the invading Turks the Byzantines he suggests were too sincere in their Christianity to indulge wholeheartedly in killing the infidels hence they relied on sub par foreign mercenaries etc But when it comes to the popular anti violence movement that swept the West in the tenth and eleventh centuries Runciman brushes off the Church s interest in promoting it as motivated only by a desire to protect ecclesiastical possessions and revenuesCaveats of this sort in mind Runciman s story telling after the first 75 pages or so of preliminaries is really wonderful The Byzantine emperor Alexius Pope Urban II Count Raymond of Toulouse Bohemond Baldwin Godfrey Tancred and Peter the Hermit or at least compelling versions of them come alive in his words The book is what they call a page turner I enjoyed it so much that I have now resolved the finish the other two volumes before the end of the year

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When Pope Urban II rose to his feet to address the multitudes gathered before him at the Council of Clermont in 1095 his appeal was simple let Western Christendom march to the aid of their brethren in the East Whethe. I read a review of The Arabian Nights on GR which began pessimistically and rather alarmingly I needed a book which I could lose the idea being either that the reviewer has a form of dementia or is in an ongoing situation where they may need to flee and have no time to grab their reading material I can t really imagine being that frantic but some people lead less sheltered lives than meAnyway that reader should avoid Sir Stephen Runciman s towering complex and riveting three volume history of the Crusades because once you get going you won t want to lose it Indeed you will be taking it with you everywhere into the boardroom the bathroom into your most intimate boudoir itself What lives I imagine you livingThis is a vastly tangled story what with Caliphates Seljuks Byzantines Franks Abbasids and starring roles for Saladin King Richard Couer de Lion Baldwin IV the Leper King of Jerusalem he was 15 they carried him out onto the battlefield he was dying but you still had to have the King on the battlefield because the King was magic even if horribly disfigured apparently he was a sweet boy everyone said so Pope Urban Renewal II monks called Fulcher Kerbogha the atabeg of Mocha Baldric of Dol Walter Sans Avoir and not forgetting The Assassins a backing groupWhen they got there the crusaders built places such as Krak de Chevaliers I mean how cool is thatIf you like your outrageous continent spanning narratives big bold and scholarly or if you re done with A Game of Thrones these three hefty volumes might be just what the Doctor of Medick orderedOn a serious note the wonderful complexity of the Crusades are such that they represent the first episode of unprovoked Western imperialism before the 11th century the West wasn t in any position to colonise anyone and the whole thing didn t last that long the Crusader states hobbled on for about a century or so and then were absorbed back into the caliphate which was of course itself an imperial enterprise but also the Crusades represented the first interpenetration of the West and the East which heretofore were sealed off from each other The meeting of the two civilisations was violent but did not remain so When fresh convoys of Teutonic and Frankish knights arrived in Antioch and Jerusalem the older crusaders often sighed with regret knowing that these new hotheads would soon be wanting to carve their way through the infidel hordes and entirely disrupt the delicate mutual respect and economic intercourse which had by then slowly but surely been established And so it went Sea Witch Rising Sea Witch feet to address the multitudes gathered before him at the Council of Clermont in 1095 his appeal was simple let Western Christendom march to the aid of their brethren in the East Whethe. 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10 thoughts on “A History of the Crusades 1The First Crusade and the Foundations of the Kingdom of Jerusalem

  1. says:

    I read a review of The Arabian Nights on GR which began pessimistically and rather alarmingly I needed a book which I could lose the idea being either that the reviewer has a form of dementia or is in an ongoing

  2. says:

    One of the biggest favors you can do for yourself in this life is to read Steven Runciman's History of the Crusades If you are daunted by its length know that just reading Volume 1 will enrich your knowledge of the millenium old struggle between Islam and the west a hundred fold This first part takes you from the launching of the Crusades by Pope Urban II at Claremont through the bloody and merciless conuest of Jerusale

  3. says:

    With verve and drama volume one of Runciman's trilogy tells the story of the First Crusade from its unlikely beginnings in pilgrimage to the horrors of the siege of Jerusalem and the carving out of new territory on the edge of the eastern Mediterranean Runciman gives an excellent account of the events leading up to the First Crusade and the actual operations and tactics userd by the Crusaders in the Holy Lan

  4. says:

    When Raymond of Aguilers later that morning went to visit the Temple area he had to pick his way through corpses and blood that reached up to his kneesAs much as I enjoyed the scholar's book on the Fall of Constantinople I found this a well researched linear survey but one lacking resonance The seuence is delineated but not explained or ex

  5. says:

    This is an outstanding of the events preceding the First Crusade that ultimately set it on the course it ended up as well as the First Crusade itself It is interesting and readable and answers many of uestions I'd wondered about it since high school and college such as why did Palestine and Egypt fall so easily into Musl

  6. says:

    Runciman's classic history of the Crusades begins with this engrossing and highly readable account of the background leading up to the Latin Christian incursion into the Near East by way of the Byzantine Empire up through the First Cr

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    The Steven runciman's book about The crusades is highly recognized as one the most greatest works of history of the crusades The author is an amazing writer also an impartial historian with judgements and opinions

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    Fascinating all three volumes

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    History is necessarily a catalog of folly because that’s what we human beings excel at As one might expect therefore the writing

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    When the term genius is used these days almost invariably it is applied to a student of mathematics or the sciences an Albert Einstein Francis Crick or Alan Turing Most assuredly these individuals are geniuses of the highest order Steven Run

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