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by Jonathan Riley-Smith

First U.S. edition hardcover with dust jacket.
Download The First Crusade and the Idea of Crusading (Middle Ages Series) epub
ISBN: 0812280261
ISBN13: 978-0812280265
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
Author: Jonathan Riley-Smith
Language: English
Publisher: Univ of Pennsylvania Pr; First American Edition edition (August 1, 1986)
Pages: 227 pages
ePUB size: 1838 kb
FB2 size: 1861 kb
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 210
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This is a brilliant book by a leading historian of the crusades. It needs to be understood on its own terms: it's a detailed analysis of *why* so many Europeans set off on the 1st Crusade. Riley-Smith has produced a closely-argued analysis that places the crusade within the context of the world of eleventh-century Europe that created it. This isn't the place to go if you want accounts of the battles of the crusade, and it isn't a "light" read. But it's extremely valuable---I've assigned it several times to my classes.
Riley Smith focuses on the title of his book, that is what he wants to present and does. It is not a light read, but anyway it is very clear and dinamic; the author presents facts in an interesting and condensed way, and he does take time (we apreciate that!)to explain the sources he has used in his investigation.
As a student of history, not focused on the period, I found this book a hard and annoying read. Riley-Smith focuses too much on proving his arguments through repetative evidence, and only through a close examination and arduous reading of the title from front to end does one gain a good understanding of what Riley-Smith wanted to convey. The art of story-telling does not live in this one...
I needed to read this book for a class, and of all the books I have read on the crusade this is by far the most boring.
Riley-Smith, widely acknowledged as an expert in Crusade studies, has presented here a book which is not a dry recitation of Crusade facts but instead an examination of motives behind the Crusade: WHY did the Crusading knights choose to heed Urban's call and head off into a strange land to fight? WHY did Urban issue that call in the first place? What were the kinds of hardships a Crusader might have faced?

This is an extremely well-written, well-researched book and I would recommend it to anyone interested in the fields of medieval or Crusade studies.