- 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)
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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About the Author
Sir Steven Runciman (1903-2000) was a medieval historian and expert on Byzantium.
Top Customer Reviews
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 .Read more ›
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.
I've only read a few other books on the crusade, but this is by far the most detailed and well written of them.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you are interested in the Crusades, this series of books is a must have. It is not often that a book with so many details and quotes can be fun to read at the same time.Published on 13 Nov. 2010 by Stelios Kazakos
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