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The First Crusade: The Call from the East Hardcover – 2 Feb 2012

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bodley Head; 1st ed edition (2 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847921558
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847921550
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 595,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A dazzling book, perfectly combining deep scholarship and easy readability. The most important addition to Crusading literature since Steven Runciman."--John Julius Norwich, author of Byzantium

"In this fluent and dramatic account, Peter Frankopan rightly places the Emperor Alexios at the heart of the First Crusade and in doing so skilfully adds a dimension frequently missing from our understanding of this seminal event. Frankopan illuminates the complex challenges that faced Alexios and deftly depicts the boldness and finesse needed to survive in the dangerous world of medieval Byzantium."--Jonathan Phillips, author of Holy Warriors: A Modern History of the Crusades

"Peter Frankopan's re-assessment of the Byzantine contribution to the origins and course of the First Crusade offers a compelling and challenging balance to traditional accounts. Based on fresh interpretations of primary sources, lucidly written and forcefully argued, The First Crusade: The Call from the East will demand attention from scholars while providing an enjoyable and accessible narrative for the general reader."--Christopher Tyerman, author of God's War: A New History of the Crusades

"Filled with Byzantine intrigue in every sense, this book is important, compellingly revisionist and impressive in its scholarly use of totally fresh sources. It refocuses the familiar western story through the eyes of the emperor of the east and fills in the missing piece of the puzzle of the Crusades."--Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Jerusalem: The Biography

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The first book on the Crusades to pay focus on the real backdrop and catalyst of the First Crusade from a talented and gifted debut historian.

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