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Title:
Historical atlas of the crusades
Author:
Konstam, Angus.
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Publication Information:
New York, NY : Checkmark Books, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
191 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 30 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780816049196
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Book

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In November 1095, Pope Urban II called on Christian rulers and European knights to drive the Muslims from the Holy Land and reclaim Jerusalem for Christendom. The resulting wars lasted for more than three centuries, and their effects are still felt today, as conflicts between Christians and Muslims continue to flare throughout the world. Historical Atlas of the Crusades chronicles this turning point in European history.

Containing evidence from the latest discoveries and research, this book examines the causes, developments, and people who fought for their faith and themselves. Among the topics covered are the first encounters between the Frankish states of Western Europe and the more advanced cultures of the Moslem world, the personal ambition and financial reward that often overcame religious fervor, and the eventual bitter power struggle that resulted. Highly readable historical accounts are accompanied by dozens of specially commissioned maps and more than 160 superb illustrations-many of which have never been published-to provide a rich tapestry of this medieval era.

Coverage includes: Jerusalem the Holy: The Holy Land under the Romans and Byzantines, the Moslem faith, Arab conquests All the Powers in Christendom: The Crusaders: The church in the eleventh century, the papacy and the revolutionary pope, the Holy Roman Empire God Wills It: The First Crusade: The peasant s crusade, pogroms and anti-semitism in the crusading era, the Byzantines and the crusaders Dreams of Empire: Creating a Christian Kingdom: The march on Jerusalem, sacrifice, the defense of the realm, creation of a kingdom Outremer: The Holy Kingdom: The kingdom of Jerusalem, the principality of Antioch, crusading castles Jihad: The Arabic Response: Jihad and the Islamic will, the search for a savior Richard and Saladin: The Third Crusade: Richard the Lionheart, Crete, dissent in the crusading ranks Sword and Scimitar: Crusading Warfare: Frankish warfare, the Moslem art of war, sieges and strategic objectives The Fourth Crusade: The decline of Byzantium, the sack of Constantinople The Last Crusades: The new crusaders, the Mongols, battleground in the Holy Land.


Author Notes

Originally from the Orkney Islands, Angus Konstam was the curator of arms and armor at the Tower of London and is currently the chief curator of the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, FL, setting up major exhibitions throughout the eastern seaboard of North America. He is the author of Historical Atlas of Exploration for Facts On File/Checkmark Books and lives in Key West.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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School Library Journal Review

Adult/High School-Between the years 1095 and 1291, much of the attention of the rulers of Western Europe was focused on what they believed was their moral and religious duty-to bring the land that was the birthplace of Christianity back under Christian rule. To do this, they launched military campaigns that established a Christian stronghold in Palestine for 200 years. During that time, the European armies and their Muslim foes were locked in brutal combat. Mercy was seldom asked for and rarely given. Although this volume is primarily an atlas, Konstam uses many contemporary Western and Arab sources to provide a concise history of the six different crusades. For each one, he provides political and economic background to the events that led up to its execution, its objectives, a description of the personages involved, the military forces of the opponents, the campaigns and battles, and the final outcome. The book is lavishly illustrated with color illustrations on every page and more than 40 maps, many of which cover two pages. All of them are well drawn, easy to read, appropriately placed with the text, and detailed enough to provide relevant information, but not so busy that readers get bogged down in minutiae. This atlas is perfect for world-history courses.-Robert Burnham, R. E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

In November 1095, Pope Urban II called on Christian rulers and European knights to drive the Muslims from the Holy Land and reclaim Jerusalem for Christendom. The resulting wars lasted for more than three centuries, and their effects are still felt today, as conflicts between Christians and Muslims continue to flare throughout the world. Historical Atlas of the Crusades chronicles this turning point in European history. Containing evidence from the latest discoveries and research, this book examines the causes, developments, and people who fought for their faith and themselves. Among the topics covered are the first encounters between the Frankish states of Western Europe and the more advanced cultures of the Moslem world, the personal ambition and financial reward that often overcame religious fervor, and the eventual bitter power struggle that resulted. Highly readable historical accounts are accompanied by dozens of specially commissioned maps and more than 160 superb illustrations-many of which have never been published-to provide a rich tapestry of this medieval era. Coverage includes: Jerusalem the Holy: The Holy Land under the Romans and Byzantines, the Moslem faith, Arab conquests All the Powers in Christendom: The Crusaders: The church in the eleventh century, the papacy and the revolutionary pope, the Holy Roman Empire God Wills It: The First Crusade: The peasant's crusade, pogroms and anti-semitism in the crusading era, the Byzantines and the crusaders Dreams of Empire: Creating a Christian Kingdom: The march on Jerusalem, sacrifice, the defense of the realm, creation of a kingdom Outremer: The Holy Kingdom: The kingdom of Jerusalem, the principality of Antioch, crusading castles Jihad: The Arabic Response: Jihad and the Islamic will, the search for a savior Richard and Saladin: The Third Crusade: Richard the Lionheart, Crete, dissent in the crusading ranks Sword and Scimitar: Crusading Warfare: Frankish warfare, the Moslem art of war, sieges and strategic objectives The Fourth Crusade: The decline of Byzantium, the sack of Constantinople The Last Crusades: The new crusaders, the Mongols, battleground in the Holy Land. Excerpted from Historical Atlas of the Crusades by Angus Konstam All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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