Steven Runciman
The First Crusade
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The First Crusade When Pope Urban II rose to his feet to address the multitudes gathered before him at the Council of Clermont in his appeal was simple let Western Christendom march to the aid of their brethren i

  • Title: The First Crusade
  • Author: Steven Runciman
  • ISBN: 9780521847391
  • Page: 350
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When Pope Urban II rose to his feet to address the multitudes gathered before him at the Council of Clermont in 1095, his appeal was simple let Western Christendom march to the aid of their brethren in the East Whether the Crusades are regarded as the most idealistic of Christian expeditions or the last of the barbarian invasions, they remain one of the most exciting advWhen Pope Urban II rose to his feet to address the multitudes gathered before him at the Council of Clermont in 1095, his appeal was simple let Western Christendom march to the aid of their brethren in the East Whether the Crusades are regarded as the most idealistic of Christian expeditions or the last of the barbarian invasions, they remain one of the most exciting adventure stories in history Steven Runicman s History of the Crusades has been acclaimed as a fascinating account of the historic journey to save the Holy Land from the infidel This abridgment makes accessible to broader readership one of the most compelling historical narratives.

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    1. Paul Bryant says:

      I read a review of The Arabian Nights on GR which began - pessimistically and rather alarmingly - "I needed a book which I could lose" - the idea being either that the reviewer has a form of dementia or is in an ongoing situation where they may need to flee and have no time to grab their reading material (I can't really imagine being that frantic but some people lead less sheltered lives than me).Anyway, that reader should avoid Sir Stephen Runciman's towering, complex and riveting three volume [...]

    2. Jonfaith says:

      When Raymond of Aguilers later that morning went to visit the Temple area he had to pick his way through corpses and blood that reached up to his knees.As much as I enjoyed the scholar's book on the Fall of Constantinople, I found this a well researched linear survey, but one lacking resonance. The sequence is delineated but not explained or explored other than the traditional idea that it was opportunity meshed with spiritual responsibility which encouraged the papal decree that white Christian [...]

    3. Walter Mendoza says:

      The Steven runciman's book about The crusades is highly recognized as one the most greatest works of history of the crusades. The author is an amazing writer also an impartial historian with judgements and opinions supports on solid scholarship on source and contemporary chroniclers. The first volume: The First Crusade and the Foundations of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, tell us about the fundation the first crusade, the beginning, the fundation of the kingdom of Jerusalem. Previously Runciman exami [...]

    4. Gustav Klimt says:

      One of the biggest favors you can do for yourself in this life is to read Steven Runciman's History of the Crusades. If you are daunted by its length, know that just reading Volume 1 will enrich your knowledge of the millenium-old struggle between Islam and the west a hundred fold. This first part takes you from the launching of the Crusades by Pope Urban II at Claremont through the bloody and merciless conquest of Jerusalem by the Crusaders that ended the First Crusade. Along the way, you will [...]

    5. Douglas Dalrymple says:

      History is necessarily a catalog of folly because that’s what we human beings excel at. As one might expect, therefore, the writing of history is also a fool’s errand. For what he has said and for what he has failed to say, the historian will always be blamed. But a rollicking good story covers a multitude of sins.Take, for example, The First Crusade, the first installment of Steven Runciman’s famous three-volume history of that peculiar medieval pastime. This is the book (published in 195 [...]

    6. Ivan says:

      Il libro è molto interessante e ben fatto; peccato che questa sia la prima parte della corposa opera di Runciman, staccata e stampata pari pari, a parte. Da cretino, ho prima letto l'opera in due volumi, e poi mi sono comprato questo, aspettandomi chissà cosa di nuovo. Non do le cinque stelle per punire la casa editrice.

    7. Barnaby Thieme says:

      Runciman's classic history of the Crusades begins with this engrossing and highly-readable account of the background leading up to the Latin Christian incursion into the Near East by way of the Byzantine Empire, up through the First Crusade and the stunning initial conquest of Jerusalem. Runciman bases his history on his vast familiarity with the chronicle sources written in an imposing number of languages. The book is packed with colorful personalities and events, and by the standards of curren [...]

    8. Andrada says:

      When looking up good books about the history of the crusades, Runciman’s series invariably shows up on must-read lists so I decided to give the first one a go. I didn’t know what to expect and, to be honest, I thought I might be in for a bit of a dull read, but boy, was I ever wrong! Runciman just grabs you by the hand and drags you down this endless and violent narrative, never quite stopping long enough to smell the (blood-covered) roses. Can you tell I was a bit taken aback by the level o [...]

    9. David says:

      A great work of history by Runciman

    10. Eric_W says:

      Steven Runciman in volume 1 of his History of the Crusades:The First Crusade and the Foundations of the Kingdom of Jerusalem describes an 11th century that witnessed massive movements of peoples and political reorganizations. The Byzantine and Latin churches had parted company in 1054. The Turks were causing great distress among pilgrims who could no longer make the journey to Jerusalem. Until that time the Byzantine Empire, which stretched from Lebanon to Austria to Italy, had maintained a very [...]

    11. Frank DeRose says:

      When the term genius is used these days, almost invariably it is applied to a student of mathematics or the sciences, an Albert Einstein, Francis Crick, or Alan Turing. Most assuredly, these individuals are geniuses of the highest order. Steven Runciman is a genius of a different kind, a genius of the liberal arts.In order to understand the greatness of Runciman, one might start by looking at the appendices of his Crusades, in which he lists the principal sources for his history. There are Greek [...]

    12. Deborah Ideiosepius says:

      I had been looking forward to reading this a great deal, I had been delving into the early crusades and the Byzantine empire for a while and I had heard good things about it. It was good, overall.I did not enjoy the first third of the book as much as I had expected to however, the first two volumes or ‘books’ were a bit fragmented. Now I do realise that the crusades, having so many players and so many important figures are VERY difficult to write about. I do get that the many personages and [...]

    13. Derek Davis says:

      Rereading this dog-eared edition of the first of Runciman's three-volume study of the Crusades after a 50-year lapse is a delight. This is solid history of the old school – every encounter, military or political, physical or personal, presented in minute detail backed up by voluminous sources. Sound a bit dull or daunting? Not at all. Somehow (and I really can't see how he manages it) he keeps his voluminous cast of characters – multiple Roberts, Raymonds and Baldwins – distinct and pinpoi [...]

    14. Joshua Neil says:

      The first in the three-part 'History of the Crusades' series, this book gives a full and vivid detail of the first crusade, setting out in-depth the political, religious and historical backgrounds leading up to it over the proceeding five hundred years, before moving on to moving through the important characters and events of the four years of the first crusade. Given the small amount of reliable evidence out there on this period, Runciman has done an incredible job bringing the period to life. [...]

    15. Angus says:

      The definitive, and masterful, account of the Crusades. One of the greatest pieces of historical writing in human you get the idea.His writing reminds me of Gibbon, with that same wry tone and observational irony, and the same startlingly beautiful phraseology. He could have been a poet, if he hadn't been tempted by the money to go into medieval history. The piece has dated a little, and I believe some of his sources have been discredited, but this is the series against which all other works on [...]

    16. Derek Brozowski says:

      I had been wary of reading Runciman ever since my interest in the Crusades began. I was worried that it would be too dense and difficult to read. I can report that Runciman's work is the total opposite. While dated, Runciman's text is easy to digest. I'm sure Crusades scholarship has come a long way in the decades since Runciman's trilogy was published, but his work stands out as a foundational pillar. I'm glad I finally began my dive into this trilogy of medieval history.

    17. Michael says:

      This is an outstanding of the events preceding the First Crusade that ultimately set it on the course it ended up as well as the First Crusade itself. It is interesting and readable, and answers many of questions I'd wondered about it since high school and college such as "why did Palestine and Egypt fall so easily into Muslim hands in the 7th Century?", "Why didn't the original Christian inhabitants resist the Arab invaders more?"; "Were the Crusades only about religion?"; "Why didn't the Byzan [...]

    18. Sergio Armisén says:

      Muy buen libro para iniciarse en el tema. Es un libro de historia a la "antigua"; nada de contexto socio-económico aquí, sólo una sucesión de acontecimientos y personajes. Y es esta su mayor virtud y su mayor defecto: hay veces en que atora, se hace difícil de leer. Pero vale la pena perseverar, porque está muy bien escrito y la historia que cuenta y los personajes que la pueblan no tienen desperdicio. Contado principalmente desde la perspectiva de los cristianos, es recomendable tener a m [...]

    19. Ken says:

      I have given this first volume five stars as it simply has no competition. I am aboutto start the second volume and looking forward to it. Some of his writing can seem a little dated as some of his conclusions, but the style is so attractive these can be overlooked.The edition I read was by the Folio Society.

    20. Bob H says:

      A lucid, plainly-written history of the early crusades, covering the fall of Jerusalem; it also covers a crucial period in Byzantine history, centered on the disastrous battle at Manzikert. The prose is a reasonably easy read and the author puts events in context of time and geography, particular in the crusades' origin in the contemporary western Christian mindset.

    21. vhatos says:

      Ґрунтовне наукове дослідження першого хрестового походу. Автор виявив причину потужного суспільного руху задля визволення Гробу Господнього, описав основних дійових осіб походу. Наголосив на певній єдності дій латинської та візантійської церков. Досліджено військові д [...]

    22. Irimescu Stefan says:

      Biases are noticeable but a good book overall, at the end of the day there are huge discrepancies between primary sources on the crusades. I think the highlight is the presentation of the relationships between Byzantium and the Crusaders, with the qualities and sins of both.

    23. James says:

      A very clear treatment of a complex and fascinating time of history. Amazing to imagine these crusaders and pilgrims choosing to travel so far in those times.

    24. David Alonso vargas says:

      Una obra maestra de la historia medieval, narrada con tal maestría que parece que tenemos entre manos una novela, pero con el rigor de un grande de la historia medieval.

    25. Jeroen says:

      A classic in history literature. Just as good as Sicilian Vespers.

    26. Jeanie Wallenstein says:

      Definitive history of the Crusades. Hardcore detail in narrative form.

    27. Tim says:

      I've taken a deeper interest in Palestine (as an ancient geographic region of the Levante) in recent years, especially though in the history of the Jews, Jerusalem as a city, and that of the Crusades. I visited Istanbul (old Constantinople), Jerusalem, Hebron and Jericho (among other places) last year and wish I'd had more time on my hands to explore more of those historic places that have remained politically and culturally important for the last two milleniums. This book was overdue.This chron [...]

    28. Lee Walker says:

      Absolutely brilliant, if you are at all interested in either: (a) medieval history; (b) military history; (c) stories of heroes and great men; (d) adventure, booty, and treasure.Come on. If you don't like at least one of the above, there's something wrong--go see a doctor, he'll fix you up.For the record, my favourite character: Tancred! TANCRED THE BEAST. TANCRED THE DAWG! He got ripped off because Bohemond--who was also totally awesome, valiant as hell, and a devious schemer, but unfortunately [...]

    29. Adam says:

      Book DescriptionSir Steven Runciman's three volume A History of the Crusades, one of the great classics of English historical writing, is now being reissued. This volume deals completely with the First Crusade and the foundation of the kingdom of Jerusalem. As Runciman says in his preface: 'Whether we regard the Crusades as the most tremendous and most romantic of Christian adventures, or as the last of the barbarian invasions, they form a central fact in medieval history. Before their inception [...]

    30. Caroline says:

      This three-volume set is an exemplary history, full of the incident and hundreds (thousands) of persons (all carefully indexed) who comprise the events of two and half centuries. Sir Steven is not a "thesis" historian, although he does not hesitate to make final conclusions of great insight and soundness. His strength lies in his meticulous detail and objectivity, recounting the errors and virtues of all the players, on all sides, with great wisdom and impartiality. He shows that the Crusades we [...]

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