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A History of the Crusades: Volume 2 - The Kingdom of Jerusalem and the Frankish East 1100-1187: The Kingdom of Jerusalem and the Frankish East 1100-1187 v. 2 Paperback – 26 Jul 1990

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 2 edition (26 July 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140137041
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140137040
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 462,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Sir Steven Runciman (1903-2000) was a medieval historian and expert on Byzantium.

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The second part in Steven Runciman's look at the Crusades, this book looks at the period covering the establishment of the Kingdom of Jerusalem under Baldwin I, until it's collapse at the hands of Saladin in 1187, so covering a period of around 87 years

This book covers many events in the Frankish East, from the growth of the Crusaders states of Edessa, Antioch, Tripoli and Jerusalem under the leadership of the various leaders from the first crusade. There was the disastrous crusades of 1101 where reinforcements for the east were destroyed as they passed through Anatolia, which harmed the myth of Frankish invincibility that had been established during the first crusade.. This was followed by their struggles to hold on to what they had achieved as the Muslim princes fought amongst themselves and the Crusaders, which eventually led to the rise of the Muslim leader Zengi who managed to destroy the County of Edessa, the first state established by the Crusaders. This triggered the Second Crusade led by the King of France and the Holy Roman Emperor, another disastrous expedition which harmed relations between Byzantium and the West and achieved nothing in the East, in fact if anything it futher unfied the Muslim Middle East, the last thing that the Crusaders needed in order to survive. We then make our way to the collapse of the Kingdom as Saladin rose to prominence in the 1180s and eventually defeated the kingdom.

The book is enjoyable, if not as good as the first book in the series. it is a detailed history of the period, lasting some 470 pages and is crammed with detail. it is primarily a military/political book, though there is a chapter devoted to the social and economic life in the crusader states .
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Having read the first book in the series, I sought this out in short order.

If you are looking for an accessible history on the period which the title is concerned, I would highly recommend - A History of The Crusades.
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By A Customer on 15 Jun. 2004
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I looked at this book expecting it to be a tough read, with a barrage of facts. Yet I was supprised and found that this is a very well written and compelling narrative history of the crusades, and at the same time very detailed. One of the ways this is achieved is by the way the author quotes his sources. Rather than putting these quotes in a sepperate block paragraph, which can interupt the flow of the reading, he builds them into the text (accrediting them in the footnotes of course).
I've only read a few other books on the crusade, but this is by far the most detailed and well written of them.
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This volume sees the arrival of the second crusade, political intrigues amongst the future generations. The rise of Sulahuddin and the collapse of the Frankish Kingdoms. The book concludes with the Battle of Hattin and the conquest of Jerusalem by Sulahuddin. At times is can be hard to keep track of who is who, there are generations of kings, princes and regents who share the same name. The family tree at the back of the book is a welcome aid.
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