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England and the Crusades, 1095-1588

A potent mixt of salvation and adventure, the Crusades were one of the most prominent features of medieval Europe, reflecting and directing religious and secular movements in Western society for half a millennium. Christopher Tyerman offers the first book-length study of the role of England in the Crusades. Focusing on the courtroom and council chamber rather than the battlefield, he demonstrates the impact of the Crusades on the political and economic functions of English society.

Drawing on a wide range of archival, chronicle, and literary evidence, Tyerman brings to life the royal personalities, foreign policy, political intrigue, taxation and fundraising, and the crusading ethos that gripped England for hundreds of years.

"An ambitious task to undertake. . . . Tyerman has done the job not only thoroughly but brilliantly. . . . A highly impressive study, deserving rich praise and wide readership."—Norman Housley, Times Literary Supplement

"Christopher Tyerman has written a wonderful book. . . . [He] manages to confront thorny issues in scholarship and to contribute new perspectives on them."—William Chester Jordan, American Historical Review

"Tyerman provides valuable insights into preaching, recruitment, and the funding and organisation of crusading expeditions. . . . Fascinating new perspectives on English history."—Edward Powell, Sunday Times

"Impressive. . . . Tyerman’s research has yielded valuable evidence, and his admirably lucid argument sheds new light on a complex and bloody period in English history."—Virginia Quarterly Review

508 pages | 6 x 9 | © 1988

History: British and Irish History

Medieval Studies

Table of Contents

Some Dates
Popes, 1088-1590
1. A New Way of Earning Salvation
Origins of an Idea
The First Crusade
The Growth of a Tradition
Early English Crusaders
The Second Crusade
2. Henry II: The King over the Water?
3. The Third Crusade
4. Crusades and Crusaders, 1192-1250
The Fifth Crusade
The Crusade of 1227-1229
The Crusade of Richard of Cornwall
The Crusade of William Longsword
5. A Problem of Priorities: Henry III and the Lord Edward
The Crusade of the Lord Edward
6. Political Crusades
The Civil War of 1215-1217
The Crusades of Rebels and Royalists, 1263-1265
7. Preaching and Recruitment
8. The Home Front
Finance: Public Sources
Finance: Private Sources
Winners and Losers
Domestic Repercussions
Protection and Insurance
Points of Conflict
Privileges and Politics
9. Missed Opportunities or the End of an Era?
Edward I
Edward II
Edward III
The Use of Crusade Money
10. Crusades in "Hethenesse," 1337-1410
Popularity and Criticism
Spain and North Africa
The Image of the Holy Land and Pilgrimages
The Recovery of the Holy Land
11. The Fifteenth Century and Beyond: A Continuing Tradition
12. National Crusades?
13. The Tudors, the Reformation, and the Crusade
The Turks
The Hospitallers
The Crusade against England
Crusade and Rebellion
Protestant Crusades?
Genealogies and Maps

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