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Crusades and Crusaders

The history of the Crusades and crusading warfare. Includes books on the Knights Templar in the Holy Lands and Great Britain. Cover art may vary.

  • A Concise History of the CrusadesA Concise History of the Crusades
    Thomas Madden

    Places the crusades within the medieval social, economic, religious, and intellectual environments that gave birth to the movement and nurtured it for centuries. Also examines the impact of the Crusades on the Islamic societies which were their primary target, as well as discussing their implications for the Christian Byzantine East.

    Hardcover: 192 pages

  • Western Warfare in the Age of the CrusadesWestern Warfare in the Age of the Crusades
    John France

    Authoritative and concise work surveys the range of warfare in the high Middle Ages while reflecting on the society that produced these military struggles. Brings together for the first time a wealth of information on such topics as knighthood, military organization, weaponry and fortifications, and warfare in the East. Includes extensive, detailed analyses of battles.

    Paperback: 912 pages

  • The Oxford Illustrated History of the CrusadesThe Oxford Illustrated History of the Crusades
    Jonathan Riley-Smith, Editor

    Comprehensive study that ranges from the preaching of the First Crusade in 1095 to the legacy of the crusading ideals that continue today. Includes descriptions of the battles and homefront conditions, a thorough evaluation of the clash of cultures, to the enduring artistic and social changes.

    Paperback: 470 pages

  • The CrusadesThe Crusades
    Hans Eberhard 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.

    Paperback: 366 pages

  • The CrusadesThe Crusades
    Helen Nicholson

    The Crusades of the Middle Ages were fought by Christians against people who they believed were threatening the existence of their faith. Some campaigns were against Muslims, some were against other Christians, and some were against pagans. Topically oriented chapters backed up by biographies, primary documents, maps, and illustrations make this an ideal introductory reference resource to this pivotal period in European medieval history.

    Hardcover: 248 pages

  • Crusades Through Arab EyesThe Crusades Through Arab Eyes
    Amin Maalouf

    The author has combed the works of contemporary Arab chronicles of the Crusades, eyewitnesses and often participants. He retells their story and offers insights into the historical forces that shape Arab and Islamic consciousness today.

    Paperback: 352 pages

  • The Albigensian CrusadeThe Albigensian Crusade
    Jonathan Sumption

    Examines the Cathars, a heresy of Eastern origin that took hold during the 12th century in Languedoc France, and the Catholic crusade launched to stamp it out. In addition, the cultural richness of Languedoc is explored, one that saw the creation of the troubadour tradition as well as castles at Cabaret and Carcassonne.

    Paperback: 272 pages

  • Crusader CastlesCrusader Castles
    Hugh Kennedy

    Account of the history and architecture of Crusader castles in Jerusalem, Tripoli and Antioch between 1099 and 1291, the years during which the Crusaders had a permanent presence. Fully illustrated with photographs, drawings and plans, and contains a comprehensive bibliography.

    Paperback: 247 pages

  • Unknown Crusader CastlesUnknown Crusader Castles
    Kristian Molin

    Covers the military history of the crusades on a wide geographical scale, taking in Armenia, Cyprus and Greece as well as the Holy Land. Examines the role of castles as administrative, judicial and social centers in times of peace as well as in war.

    Hardcover: 288 pages

  • The Crusaders: Warriors of GodThe Crusaders: Warriors of God
    Georges Tate

    Compact yet comprehensive volume covering the crusades and crusaders. Heavily illustrated with full color plates, photographs, diagrams and maps.

    Paperback: 191 pages

  • The Knights HospitallerThe Knights Hospitaller
    Helen Nicholson

    Authoritative, comprehensive study of the history of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, Rhodes and Malta, also known as the Knights Hospitaller: from its origins in the 11th century, to its economic activities and its relations with patrons and rulers throughout Europe, as well as its hospitaller work and its religious life. The focus of the study is on the medieval period to the loss of Rhodes in 1522.

    Paperback: 192 pages

  • The Knights Templar: A New HistoryThe Knights Templar: A New History
    Helen Nicholson

    A leading specialist in the history of this legendary medieval order now writes a full account of the knights of the Order of the Temple of Solomon, to give them their full title, bringing the latest findings to a general audience. Includes photographs of Templar buildings from throughout Europe and the Middle East.

    Paperback 304 pages

  • The Knights Templar in BritainThe Knights Templar in Britain
    Evelyn Lord

    From the founding of the Templars in the early 12th century to its downfall two centuries later, this volume charts the expansion of Templar territories in Britain. Through examining which sites they chose, and why, and describing their daily lives in colorful detail, the rituals that sustained these warrior monks are revealed.

    Hardcover: 240 pages

  • The Trial of the TemplarsThe Trial of the Templars
    Malcolm Barber

    Detailed account of the ordeal of the Templars – arrested, tried and executed from 1307-1314 for heretical crimes during the Inquisition. Although their confessions were extracted under torture, a number of the brothers survived to defend their Order until 1314.

    Paperback: 320 pages

  • Knights of ChristThe Knights of Christ
    Terence Wise

    Packed with specially commissioned artwork, maps and diagrams, the Men-at-Arms series is an unrivalled illustrated reference on the history, organization, uniforms and equipment of the world's military forces, past and present. This volume covers the medieval military orders on an international scale, from the well-known to the obscure.

    Paperback: 48 pages

  • Dungeon Fire and SwordDungeon, Fire and Sword: The Knights Templar in the Crusades
    John J. Robinson

    Comprehensive volume divided into three major sections: the birth of the Knights Templar, the wars in the Holy Lands, and the trials that led to the destruction of the order.

    Hardcover: 494 pages

  • Rule of the TemplarsThe Rule of the Templars
    J. M. Upton-Ward

    Translation of Henri de Curzon's 1886 edition of the French Rule, derived from the three medieval manuscripts. Details of clothing, armor and equipment; instructions on conduct while on campaign; information on the daily life of members of the order and on the discipline which made it a formidable fighting force. An introduction gives the historical background to the Rule and summarizes the various sections.

    Paperback: 208 pages

  • Armies of the CrusadesArmies of the Crusades
    Terence Wise

    Packed with specially commissioned artwork, maps and diagrams, the Men-at-Arms series is an unrivalled illustrated reference on the history, organization, uniforms and equipment of the world's military forces, past and present. This volume covers men of all ranks from all over Europe and the Holy Lands who fought in the Crusades.

    Paperback: 48 pages