The Crusades

An Epitome

by Susanna A. Throop

Susanna A. Throop. The Crusades: An Epitome. Epitomes 4. Leeds: Kısmet Press, 2018.

Title: The Crusades: An Epitome
Author: Susanna A. Throop
Series: Epitomes
Series number: 4
Place of Publication: Leeds
Publisher: Kısmet Press
Date of Publication: 2018
ISBN 978-1-912801-02-2 (pbk)
ISBN 978-1-912801-03-9 (ebk)
xvi + 200 pages
178 x 111 mm

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.

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.

Table of contents

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
Conclusion: Have the Crusades Ended?

“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, September 19, 2018.

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