The Crusades

An Epitome

About the book
This sweeping yet succinct new survey introduces readers to the history of the crusades from the eleventh to the twenty-first century. By synthesizing a variety of historical perspectives, the book deliberately locates crusading in the broader history of the Mediterranean, moving away from approaches focused primarily on narrating the deeds of a small section of the Latin Christian elite to explore the rich and contested complexity of crusade history.
About the author
Susanna A. Throop is Associate Professor and Department Chair of History at Ursinus College. In addition to a number of articles and book chapters, she has authored Crusading as an Act of Vengeance, 1095–1216, and co-edited Vengeance in the Middle Ages: Emotion, Religion and Feud and The Crusades and Visual Culture.
0) Introduction: What Were the Crusades? 1) Connections and Conflicts in the Eleventh-Century Mediterranean 2) Constructing the First Crusade: Contexts, Events, and Reactions 3) Shifting Ground: Crusading and the Twelfth-Century Mediterranean 4) Allies and Adversaries: Crusading Culture and Intra-Christian Crusades 5) Changing Circumstances: Crusading in the Thirteenth Century 6) Towards Christian Nationalism: Crusading into the Early Modern Period 7) Conclusion: Have the Crusades Ended?
Publication information
Susanna A. Throop, The Crusades: An Epitome, Epitomes, 4 (Leeds: Kısmet Press, 2018)
Series: Epitomes, 4
Publication date: 2018
Place of Publication: Leeds
Publisher: Kısmet Press
ISBN 978-1-912801-02-2 (pbk)
ISBN 978-1-912801-03-9 (ebk)
216 pages
11.1 x 1.2 x 17.8 cm
Copyright information
Copyright © 2018 Susanna A. Throop.
Published by Kismet Press LLP under an exclusive license to publish. Commercial copying, hiring, lending is prohibited. The book is freely available online at under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial- NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) license. See for details.
“This book is amazing. It’s short but thorough, using the latest scholarship but easy to read. It’s the best place to start for a general survey of the Crusades that covers everything from start to finish and does so by reflecting not just what the Crusades “were” but how they’ve been studied, from narrow views that limit “crusading” to Jerusalem to those who also think about the Baltic, Spain, and even crusades launched internal to Europe.”

Matthew Gabriele, associate professor and Coordinator of Medieval & Early Modern Studies in the Department of Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech, in “5 Books To Help You Understand The Crusades”, Forbes 19 September 2018.

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