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The Crusader States

Barber, Malcolm

Verlag: Yale University Press, 2014
ISBN 10: 030020888X / ISBN 13: 9780300208887
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Titel: The Crusader States

Verlag: Yale University Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 2014

Einband: Soft cover

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: "With its highly readable prose, numerous maps, plans and illustrations of objects and places, Malcolm Barber's study of the crusader states is an enriching account of the expansion of the political and cultural frontiers of the Latin West in the central Middle Ages. It will doubtless be of value to scholars, students and a much wider audience, intrigued by the challenges and possibilities of state building in the medieval world."William Purkis, History Today. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_new_030020888X

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Inhaltsangabe: When the armies of the First Crusade wrested Jerusalem from control of the Fatimids of Egypt in 1099, they believed their victory was an evident sign of God's favour. It was, therefore, incumbent upon them to fulfill what they understood to be God's plan: to reestablish Christian control of Syria and Palestine. This book is devoted to the resulting settlements, the crusader states, that developed around the eastern shores of the Mediterranean and survived until Richard the Lionheart's departure in 1192. Focusing on Jerusalem, Antioch, Tripoli and Edessa, Malcolm Barber vividly reconstructs the crusaders' arduous process of establishing and protecting their settlements, and the simultaneous struggle of vanquished inhabitants to adapt to life alongside their conquerors. Rich with colorful accounts of major military campaigns, the book goes much deeper, exploring in detail the culture of the crusader states - the complex indigenous inheritance; the architecture; the political, legal and economic institutions; the ecclesiastical framework through which the crusaders perceived the world; the origins of the Knights Templar and the Hospitallers; and more. With the zest of a scholar pursuing a lifelong interest, Barber presents a complete narrative and cultural history of the crusader states while setting a new standard for the term "total history". It was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2013 in the Western Europe Category.

Über den Autor: Malcolm Barber is emeritus professor of history, University of Reading. He lives in Reading, UK.

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