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2nd Edition

Crusading and the Crusader States

ISBN 9781138808065
Published March 24, 2017 by Routledge
324 Pages

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Book Description

Crusading and the Crusader States explores how the idea of holy war emerged from the troubled society of the eleventh century, and why Jerusalem and the Holy Land were so important to Europeans. It follows the progress of the major crusading expeditions, offering insights into initial success and subsequent failure, charts the development of new attitudes towards Islam and its followers, and shows the effects of the Crusades on society and culture in the Near East.

Providing analysis and discussion of this vital period of medieval history, Andrew Jotischky discusses key questions such as how crusading evolved in theory and practice, how crusading expeditions were planned and carried out, why they were considered such an essential part of medieval society, and why their popularity endured despite military failures.

This new edition takes into account the wealth of rich and varied recent research to show why crusading should be seen as central to the European experience in the Middle Ages. It engages with key historiographical debates of the past decade, including how Crusades were formed, the political culture and social networks of crusading, and the effects of crusading on western religious and aristocratic culture. It now extends into the fifteenth century to discuss the lasting ramifications of the Crusades, and illustrate their legacy into the early modern period.

It is essential reading for all students of the Crusades and medieval history.

Table of Contents

List of figures, maps and genealogical tables

Preface to second edition

Preface to first edition

Chronology of main events

  1. Problems in crusading historiography
  2. The papacy, the knighthood and the eastern Mediterranean
  3. Crusade and settlement,1095–c.1118
  4. Politics and war in theCrusader States,1118–87
  5. The Islamic reaction, 1097–1193
  6. Crusader society
  7. Recovery in the East, new challenges in Europe: crusading, 1187–1216
  8. Varieties of crusading from the eleventh to the thirteenth centuries
  9. Crusading and the Crusader States in the thirteenth century, 1217–74

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Andrew Jotischky is Professor of Medieval History at Royal Holloway, University of London. His previous publications include The Crusades: A Beginner’s Guide (2015), A Hermit’s Cookbook: Monks, Food and Fasting in the Middle Ages (2011), The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Medieval World (2005), with Caroline Hull, and The Carmelites and Antiquity: Mendicants and their Pasts in the Middle Ages (2002).


For a fine and reasonably short introduction to the crusading movement, this cannot be bettered. In the second edition of his classic Crusading and the Crusader States, Andrew Jotischky effortlessly weaves together a detailed chronological narrative, along with thematic segments and up-to-date analysis – and, of course, it is all attractively written for a student audience. Highly recommended.

Guy Perry, University of Leeds, UK