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THE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF KNIGHTS & CRUSADES


A vivid account of the life and times of the medieval knight, an examination of the code of chivalry, and a detailed history of the crusades


Charles Phillips Consultant: Dr Craig Taylor


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Jan 2011 (UK) April 2011 (US) UK £17.99/US $35.00 (P) 512 (K512)


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• A detailed visual history of the crusades in ancient Palestine and in Europe – the lands that were lost and won, the kingdoms that were established, and the inspiration that motivated the crusader knights


• Every aspect of the life of a medieval knight is described in detail, from his origin as a mounted warrior, to the legendary, romantic ideal of the knight errant


• Analyses the idealization of knighthood, with its roots in classical mythology and its flowering in the extravagant art and literature of the Middle Ages


• 850 vibrant fine-art paintings illustrate the flamboyant world of kinghts and crusaders in battle, at the tournament, and on campaign


• Gives special attention to the rise and fall of the religious orders of the Knights Templar and Knights Hospitaller, and other knightly orders who developed from warrior monks to powerful military forces


About the Author and Consultant


Charles Phillips is the author of The Complete Illustrated Guide to Castles, Palaces and Stately Houses of Britain and Ireland (Lorenz Books). He graduated from 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 Societé de l’Histoire de France and the Royal Historical Society.


88 ⁄4 x 63


Hardback with jacket Over 850 photographs 8


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Reference & History


This book examines both the life and position of the crusader knight, including the training, obligations, battles, honours and exploits of these ‘men of iron’. It describes how the order of the knight began, his demanding apprenticeship, the world of his castle, and his role in crusading, jousting, tournaments, hunting and courtly love. It also discusses the code of chivalry and debates how knights attempted to live up to its ideals, and how legend, romance, art and literature have been inspired by their history and mythology. This violent, turbulent world with its epic battles and is brought to life in this expertly researched and beautifully illustrated volume.


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