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The second edition of The Crusades, for long standard work on the subject, has been extensively rewritten to take account of the latest research and new interpretations. Crusading was a central theme in the early medieval European history, and the book covers all the expeditoins which took place between the First Crusade in 1096 and the final retreat from Palestine in 1291. Certain aspects are examined in detail; the Crusading indulgence; the effect the Crusades had on the history of the participating states; the entanglement of the Crusades in European politics - for example in the conflicts between Pope and Emperor, and between the Kings of France and England; its role in moulding relations between Byzantium and Europe; and its misuse for an expansionist Italian and Catalan trade policy. In the line with recent research, particular emphasis has been placed on the internal history of the Crusader states. This comprehensive account will be of value to undergraduates and general readers alike; it is also an excellent introduction to the subject for those who intend to move on to more detailed studies.
The second edition of this standard introduction to the Crusades has been extensively rewritten to take account of the latest research and interpretations. Mayer covers all the expeditions which took place between the First Crusade in 1096 and the final retreat from Palestine in 1291, touching on a wide range of issues, from the impact of the Crusades on the history of participating states to the political entanglements it instigated between the Pope and emperors.
first appeared in English translation in 1972 and was widely acclaimed both as a work of scholarship and as a teaching instrument that brilliantly encompassed within a single comprehensive volume the history of the crusades....[The new edition] will continue to provide the basic foundation for beginners and advanced students alike of the subject in an authoritative, orderly, and judicious manner."--History: Reviews of New Books
"Many have considered Mayer's work to be the best short introduction to the crusades. They will certainly applaud this updated edition."--Church History
"[Mayer] is the leading historian of the Crusades writing in German today."--The Catholic Historical Review