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The Crusades [4 volumes] An Encyclopedia

by Dr. Alan V. Murray

The Crusades [4 volumes] An Encyclopedia Synopsis

The first multivolume encyclopedia to document the history of one of the most influential religious movements of the Middle Ages-the Crusades. The Crusades: An Encyclopedia surveys all aspects of the crusading movement from its origins in the 11th century to its decline in the 16th century. Unlike other works, which focus on the eastern Mediterranean region, this expansive four-volume encyclopedia also includes the struggle of Christendom against its enemies in Iberia, Eastern Europe, and the Baltic region, and also covers the military orders, crusades against fellow Christians, heretics, and more. This work includes comprehensive entries on personalities such as Godfrey of Bouillon, who refused the title King of Jerusalem, and St. Bernard of Clairvaux, who tore up his own clothing to make symbols of the cross for crusaders, as well as key events, countries, places, and themes that shed light on everything from the propaganda that inspired crusading warriors to the ways in which they fought. Special coverage of topics such as taxation, pilgrimage, warfare, chivalry, and religious orders give readers an appreciation of the multifaceted nature of these holy wars. * 1,000 A-Z entries and texts dealing with individual crusades, people such as the kings of Jerusalem and emperors of Constantinople, places such as Jerusalem, Antioch, and Riga, institutions, literary and historiographical sources, and thematic aspects * 120 contributors representing 25 countries * A chronology of crusading expeditions * 54 maps of major crusades and settlements in the Holy Land, Greece, Iberia, and the Baltic lands * Photographs of castles and landscapes and illustrations of artworks and coins

The Crusades [4 volumes] An Encyclopedia Press Reviews

A highly accessible set that covers all aspects of the Crusades . . . Murray has edited the most comprehensive encyclopedia on the Crusades to date. - American Libraries The editors of The Crusades: An Encyclopedia have created the best reference resource in existence regarding this critical historical event. . . . This set should prove of value in high school, public, and college libraries. - Reference & User Services Quarterly High school libraries, especially those serving AP and higher level students, and academic libraries, will want to consider this exhaustive, meticlously researched set. Recommended - Library Media Connection This fine encyclopedia is both an excellent introduction to the time period and its turbulence, and a useful resesarch tool for those already versed in the subject. Recommended. All levels. - Choice A highly recommended, basic reference for any school where Crusades history is studied. - Midwest Book Review The Crusades: An Encyclopedia is comprehensive in its approach and covers many concepts, terms, details and matters related to the idea of crusade in medieval thought. . . . This encyclopedia gives excellent coverage and depth to its topic. . . . The Crusades: An Encyclopedia would be a worthy addition to the reference shelves of any public or academic library. - Against the Grain Recommended for academic and large public libraries. - Booklist Recognizing both the complexity of the issues involved and the baggage the term carries today, the team of international scholars responsible for this new reference work successfully and dispassionately describes the individuals, places, events, and topics that cover the crusading movement. . . . While the entries are accessibly written for the general reader, they draw upon source material and secondary scholarship in a variety of languages. . . . Given its broad coverage and its accessible yet scholarly content, The Crusades: An Encyclopedia is the preferred work. Recommended for academic and large public libraries. - Booklist, Starred Review

Book Information

ISBN: 9781576078624
Publication date: 30th August 2006
Author: Dr. Alan V. Murray
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 1314 pages
Categories: Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500, Asian history, Reference works,

About Dr. Alan V. Murray

Alan V. Murray, PhD, is editor of the International Medieval Bibliography.

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