A History of the Crusades, Volume 3
Sir Steven Runciman's three volume A History of the Crusades, one of the great classics of English historical writing, is now being reissued. In this final volume, Runciman examines the revival of the Frankish kingdom at the time of the Third Crusade until its collapse a century later. The interwoven themes of the book include: Christiandom, the replacement of the cultured Ayubites by the less sympathetic Mameluks as leader of the Moslem world, and the coming of the Mongols. He includes a chapter on architecture and the arts, and an epilogue on the last manifestations of the Crusading spirit.
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Review: A History of the Crusades, Vol. I: The First Crusade and the Foundations of the Kingdom of Jerusalem (A History of the Crusades #1)User Review - Goodreads
Fascinatingly detailed to the point of being a little dry at times, but definitely worth it. The writer pulls you in to the time period and the intricacies of the politics and motivations of the mayor players. Enlightening and enjoyable. Read full review
Review: A History of the Crusades, Vol. I: The First Crusade and the Foundations of the Kingdom of Jerusalem (A History of the Crusades #1)User Review - David - Goodreads
Overall, an excellent read. the book sticks closely to its primary topic (unlike so many other history books!) and presents the facts in a clear and entertaining fashion. I will definitely read the next volume and explore other books by this author. Read full review