The First Crusade: A New History
According to the back of the book:
"Noted historian Thomas Asbridge offers a gripping account of a titanic three-year adventure filled with miraculous victories, greedy princes and barbarity on a vast scale. Beginning with the electrifying speech delivered by Pope Urban II in 1095, readers will follow the 100,000 men, women and children who take up his call. The siege of Nicea and the pivotal battle for Antioch, the single most important military engagement of the entire expedition, are featured here in vivid detail. Asbridge also describes the horrific Jerusalem massacre of 1099 when the crusaders, driven on by an intense religious devotion, unleashed an unholy wave of brutality, slaughtering thousands of Muslims, all in the name of Christianity.
"The First Crusade marked a watershed in relations between Islam and the West, a conflict that set these two world religions on a course toward deep-seated animosity and enduring enmity. The chilling reverbations of this earth-shattering clash still echo in this world today."
- The First Crusade: A New History, Free Press, October 2004. ISBN 0-743-22084-6 (UK)
- The First Crusade: A New History, Oxford University Press, October 2004. ISBN 978-0195178234 (USA)
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