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Chronicles of the First Crusade
Penguin Classics / 2012 / Paperback
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One of the great turning points in Western history, the First Crusade represents the climax of Christian fervor in seeking to wrest Jerusalem from the hands of Muslim invaders. Tyerman excerpts firsthand accounts from religious visionaries, knights, and peasants. The unfolding picture is almost surreal. 304 pages, softcover.
The gripping story of the First Crusade, as witnessed by contemporary writers
The fall of Jerusalem in 1099 to an army of exhausted and starving western European soldiers was one of the most extraordinary events in historywith a legacy that remains controversial more than nine centuries later. This remarkable collection contains firsthand accounts from the knights, religious leaders, and peasants who experienced the First Crusade in all its cruelty and strangeness. Edited with an introduction and notes by one of the foremost experts on the Crusades, Chronicles of the First Crusade is a comprehensive look at the climax of Christian fervor and the record of an ultimately futile attempt to implant a European kingdom in an overwhelmingly Muslim world.
Christopher Tyerman is a fellow and tutor in history at Oxford University and a lecturer in medieval history at New College, Oxford. His recent books include God's War: A New History of the Crusades and The Debate on the Crusades. He lives in Oxford, England.
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