The Holy Land in the Era of the Crusades
Kingdoms at the Crossroads of Civilizations, 1100–1300
Imprint: Pen and Sword History
384 Pages, 6.1 x 9.1 in, 20 color & black and white illustrations
- June 2022
- In Stock
While the Crusades have become a synonym for brutality and bigotry, the crusader states represented a positive example of harmonious coexistence across two centuries. Likewise, while scholars from a wide range of disciplines including archaeology, art history, and medicine have shed light on diverse aspects of the crusader states, to date there is no single introductory source that provides a comprehensive overview of these unique states as a starting point for the uninitiated. The Holy Land in the Era of the Crusades aims to fill this gap while correcting common misconceptions by bringing together recent scholarly research on a range of topics to create a comprehensive description. It covers the history, demography, state institutions, foreign policy, economy, art, architecture, and lifestyle of the people who lived in the crusader states in the period from 1100 to 1300. It is organized in two main parts: a chronological historical overview, and a topical discussion of key features of these unique kingdoms. An additional, final chapter describes the rise and fall of the House of Ibelin to give the entire history a human face.
The Holy Land in the Era of the Crusades would make an ideal textbook for undergraduates while offering hobby historians an introduction to the crusader states with tips for further research.
“[A]n ideal textbook for undergraduates and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject, while offering historians and scholars with an introduction to the crusader states with tips for further research.” ~Midwest Book Review