Post-classical history

A History of the Crusades: Volume II The Kingdom of Jerusalem and the Frankish East, 1100-1187

A History of the Crusades: Volume II The Kingdom of Jerusalem and the Frankish East, 1100-1187

Sir Steven Runciman's three volume A History of the Crusades, one of the great classics of English historical writing, is now being reissued. This volume describes the Frankish states of Outremer from the accession of King Baldwin I to the re-conquest of Jerusalem by Saladin. As Runciman says in his preface, 'The politics of the Moslem world in the early twelfth-century defy straightforward analysis, but they must be understood if we are to understand the establishment of the Crusader states and the later causes of the recovery of Islam ... The main theme in this volume is warfare ... I have followed the example of the old chroniclers, who knew their business; for war was the background to life in Outremer and the hazards of the battlefield often decided its destiny.'

Preface

BOOK I: THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE KINGDOM

Chapter I. Outremer and its Neighbours

Chapter II. The Crusades of 1101

Chapter III. The Norman Princes of Antioch

Chapter IV. Toulouse and Tripoli

Chapter V. King Baldwin I

Chapter VI. Equilibrium in the North

BOOK II: THE ZENITH

Chapter I. King Baldwin II

Chapter II. The Second Generation

Chapter III. The Claims of the Emperor

Chapter VI. The Fall of Edessa

BOOK III: THE SECOND CRUSADE

Chapter I. The Gathering of the Kings

Chapter II. Christian Discord

Chapter III. Fiasco

BOOK IV: THE TURN OF THE TIDE

Chapter I. Life in Outremer

Chapter II. The Rise of Nur ed-Din

Chapter III. The Return of the Emperor

Chapter VI. The Lure of Egypt

BOOK V: THE TRIUMPH OF ISLAM

Chapter I. Moslem Unity

Chapter II. The Horns of Hattin

Appendix

The Battle of Hattin