Post-classical history

The first crusade and the foundation of the Kingdom of Jerusalem

The first crusade and the foundation of the Kingdom of Jerusalem

Sir Steven Runciman's three volume A History of the Crusades, one of the great classics of English historical writing, is being reissued. This volume deals completely with the First Crusade and the foundation of the kingdom of Jerusalem. As Runciman says in his preface: 'Whether we regard the Crusades as the most tremendous and most romantic of Christian adventures, or as the last of the barbarian invasions, they form a central fact in medieval history. Before their inception the centre of our civilization was placed in Byzantium and in the lands of the Arab caliphate. Before they faded out the hegemony in civilization had passed to western Europe. Out of this transference modern history was born.'

Preface

BOOK I: THE HOLY PLACES OF CHRISTENDOM

Chapter I. The Abomination of Desolation

Chapter II. The Reign of Antichrist

Chapter III. The Pilgrims of Christ

Chapter IV. Towards Disaster

Chapter V. Confusion in the East

BOOK II: THE PREACHING OF THE CRUSADE

Chapter I. Holy Peace and Holy War

Chapter II. The Rock of Saint Peter

Chapter III. The Summoning

BOOK III: THE JOURNEY TO THE WARS

Chapter I. The People’s Expedition

Chapter II. The German Crusade

Chapter III. The Princes and the Emperor

BOOK IV: THE WAR AGAINST THE TURKS

Chapter I. The Campaign in Asia Minor

Chapter II. Armenian Interlude

Chapter III. Before the Walls of Antioch

Chapter IV. The Possession of Antioch

BOOK V: THE PROMISED LAND

Chapter I. The Road to Jerusalem

Chapter II. The Triumph of the Cross

Chapter III. ‘Advocatus Sancti Sepulchri’

Chapter IV. The Kingdom of Jerusalem

Appendix

The Numerical Strength of the Crusaders