Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Christopher Tyerman
    Pages 1-7
  3. Christopher Tyerman
    Pages 8-29
  4. Christopher Tyerman
    Pages 30-98
  5. Christopher Tyerman
    Pages 99-126
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 127-170

About this book


What were the 'Crusades'? Were the great Christian expeditions to invade the Holy Land in fact 'Crusades' at all? In this radical and compelling new treatment, Christopher Tyerman questions the very nature of our belief in the Crusades, showing how historians writing more than a century after the First Crusade retrospectively invented the idea of the 'Crusade'. Using these much later sources, all subsequent historians up to the present day have fallen into the same trap of following propaganda from a much later period to explain events that were understood quite differently by contemporaries.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Christopher Tyerman
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Hertford CollegeOxfordUK
  2. 2.Harrow SchoolUK

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