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The Crusades: A History

This fully updated and expanded edition of The Crusades: A History provides an authoritative exploration of one of the most significant topics in medieval and religious history. From the First Crusade right up to the present day, Jonathan Riley-Smith and Susanna Throop investigate the phenomenon of crusading and the crusaders themselves.


Now in its 4th edition, this landmark text includes:

  • A new and more balanced book structure with updated terminology designed to help instructors and students alike
  • Deliberate incorporation of a wider range of historical perspectives, including Byzantine and Islamic historiographies, crusading against Christians and within Europe, women and gender, and the crusades in the context of Afro-Eurasian history
  • A dramatically expanded discussion of crusading from the 16th through to the 21st century
  • A fully up-to-date bibliographic essay
  • Additional textboxes, maps, and images The Crusades: A History is the definitive text on the subject for students and scholars alike.

The Crusades: A History

  • Jonathan Riley-Smith and Susanna A. Throop

    An enhanced and expanded 4th edition of Jonathan Riley-Smith's classic single-volume history of the Crusades.
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  • Book Details

    Imprint: Bloomsbury Academic
    Publication Date: 12-01-2023
    Format: Paperback | 234 x 156mm | 480 pages
  • About the Authors

    Jonathan Riley-Smith was Emeritus Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History at the University of Cambridge, UK. His many publications on the Crusades include What Were the Crusades? (2009), The Crusades, Christianity and Islam (2008) and The First Crusade and the Idea of Crusading (1986).

    Susanna A. Throop was Professor of History at Ursinus College, USA. She is the author of The Crusades: An Epitome (2018) and Crusading as an Act of Vengeance, 1095-1216 (2011). She is also the co-editor of The Crusades and Visual Culture (2015) and Vengeance in the Middle Ages (2010).

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