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By Nikolas Jaspert

This German-to-English translation of a hugely profitable ebook is a transparent, approachable, student-friendly creation to the historical past of the crusades. With an extended chronological span, from the 11th to the overdue 15th century, and with a large geographical insurance of the complete of Europe and a few of the center East, The Crusades is obvious, concise and extra wide-ranging than the other unmarried quantity works.

Taking contemporary scholarship under consideration, and utilizing containers, case reports, marginal instructions and chronologies initially of every bankruptcy, the ebook is easily laid out and simple to stick to.

Providing a great assessment of the campaign circulate, scholars of all college degrees will locate this choked with exceedingly worthwhile details, and may go back many times to this helpful historic source.

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The high prestige of a crusader who returned home successfully seems to have played a more important role than before, as did longing for travel or adventure, or the wish to emulate the chivalrous ideals of late medieval noble culture. Not least, participation in a crusade could be motivated by family tradition—the presence of a crusader in the family tree could impose an obligation on later generations. Later motivations Nor should we forget that all of the attitudes and intentions detailed here went hand in hand with less exalted—or indeed reprehensible— actions and motivations.

For this first wave, the so-called People’s Crusade of 1096, the French noble Walter Sansavoir of Poissy and the Germans Gottschalk and Folkmar also assembled groups of varying size. They included “simple people” as well as nobles and great lords. That these forces, cobbled together from a broad sector of the populace, had little in common with the requested knightly contingents is also clear from the fact that they did not or perhaps could not adhere to the agreed departure date. Apparently the unrest in “God’s army” was too great.

However, those involved saw a qualitative difference between the conflicts on the Iberian Peninsula and the expedition to the Near East. The call issued at Clermont came to the knights as something completely new and unique. Certainly this rests on the fact that Pope Urban and later crusade preachers managed to connect in a way never seen before with the fundamental values of this sector of the population. But what marked the knights’ world-view? Why did they take arms on the Lord’s behalf? Economic interests Some historians have underlined economic motives for taking the cross.

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