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SOUTHWATER


THE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE FIRST CRUSADES


A fascinating account of the first, second and third campaigns to win Jerusalem, illustrated with over 300 fine art paintings


Charles Phillips Consultant: Dr Craig Taylor


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March 2011 (UK) June 2011 (US) UK £10.99/US $19.99 (P) 160 (A160)


297 x 228mm/111 9781844769612 1 84476 961 5


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HBLC1; HBW; HBUK HIS037010


• A highly visual account of the early years of the crusades, with a detailed examination of the first, second and third crusades, and the taking of Jerusalem


• Brings to life a turbulent period of history, examining the religious commitment,motivations and ambitions of the crusading knights and their followers


• Richly illustrated with images of the armies, leaders,battles, victories and defeats of these warriors, together with the lands they travelled across


• Features the larger-than-life knights of the first crusades including Bohemond of Taranto, Robert of Jerusalem, Godfrey of Bouillon, Tancred Prince of Galilee and Richard the Lionheart, and examines the controversies that still surround them


In 1096 five great armies left Europe, bound for Jerusalem. The campaign, later called the First Crusade, triumphed after gruelling marches and battles with the capture of the Holy City in July 1099. The Second Crusade (1147–49), and the third (1189–92) ended in negotiated settlements instead of the hoped-for recapture of Jerusalem, but these three crusading campaigns still hold some of the most extraordinary moments in the military, religious and political history of the period. This book gives a vivid account of the journeys, battles, sieges, triumphs and failures of these campaigns and evokes the spirit of the time.


About the Author and Consultant


Charles Phillips is the author of The Kings and Queens of Ancient Britain (Southwater). He was a contributor to Cassell’s Dictionary of Modern Britain and Ancient Civilizations, and to other illustrated histories. He is a graduate of Oxford University and holds an MA from the University of Westminster, London.


Consultant Dr Craig Taylor is a Lecturer in Medieval History, and a Fellow of both the Societe de l’Histoire de France and the Royal Historical Society.


223 ⁄2 x 9in


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