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Steven Runciman
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Geschichte Der Kreuzzüge

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In this final volume, Runciman examines the revival of the Frankish kingdom at the time of the Third Crusade until its collapse a century later. The interwoven themes of the book include: Christiandom, the replacement of the cultured Ayubites by the less sympathetic Mameluks as leader of the Moslem world, and the coming of the Mongols. He includes a chapter on architecture ...more
Published (first published 1951)
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Narrative three volume history of crusades to the Holy Land and the Crusader Kingdoms (well largely the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem)(view spoiler). It's easy to read, approachable and at first highly detailed. However the author gets noticeably tired of the subject and lacking in empathy by the third volume, doesn't really engage critically with the source material and, ...more
Oct 11, 2008 Caroline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
This three-volume set is an exemplary history, full of the incident and hundreds (thousands) of persons (all carefully indexed) who comprise the events of two and half centuries. Sir Steven is not a "thesis" historian, although he does not hesitate to make final conclusions of great insight and soundness. His strength lies in his meticulous detail and objectivity, recounting the errors and virtues of all the players, on all sides, with great wisdom and impartiality. He shows that the Crusades we ...more
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Mar 07, 2014 Péter Holló-Vaskó rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who are interested in the era of the Crusades and are not satisfied by some weird TV-shows
Let's be honest: Steven Runcimann's A History of the Crusades is not only a book about a certain part of history. This big, big monster of a book is worth a LEXICON on this topic and is as comprehensive as it can get.

Yet it is absolutely not just a huge load of information, dates and names. It is a very enjoyable read - I myself read it on the bus towards the university. For fun.

I would heartily recommend this incredibly informative and very exciting, well-written text to people who are intere
Feb 06, 2013 Ton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Classic history of the Crusades, great literary quality, though rather dated scientifically.
Aug 22, 2013 Muninn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[...] Tra la sterminata produzione di libracci esoterici come La vera storia dei templari satanisti; vergognosamente nostalgici come Il fascismo – perché i treni arrivavano in orario; asetticamente accademici come La produzione dei chiodi nella Bergamo del 1800; c’è chi, nascosto tra la pula, ha il coraggio di raccontare una vera storia (con la s minuscola), col respiro dell’epica ma la chiarezza di visione di uno storico rigoroso. Questo è il caso del nostro caro Runciman, che guarda caso porta ...more
Sep 11, 2012 Henry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good and interesting in the first half, but then loses itself in too many details. Absolutely confusing with all the people playing a role (too many minor roles mentioned). I wish it had some family trees. If I could choose again, I would go for something more compact.

The Gterman translation was not revised and Peter de Mendelssohn ALWAYS gets phrases with "some" + a numeral wrong. He obviously didn't think this one through. Although his translation is mostly very good.
Tom Morin
Jan 12, 2016 Tom Morin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Runciman is always a pleasure to read. Perhaps his prose can dip occasionally into exaggeration, and he is a bit Franco-centric in his narrative - but damn, is it fun to read. A bit outdated, but an excellent piece for a mid-to beginner-level history of the Crusades.
May 26, 2010 Lynx rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Runcimans Erzählung ist sehr flüssig zu lesen und über die ganzen 1200 Seiten hinweg durchwegs unterhaltsam. Auch wenn ich im Allgemeinen Übersetzungen gegenüber eher kritisch bin, hatte ich hier absolut nichts auszusetzen.

Rundum ein sehr gutes Buch.
Joel Chapman
Filled with historical minutae setting forth the historical enmities between the Christian and Muslim worlds.
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A King's Scholar at Eton College, he was an exact contemporary and close friend of George Orwell. While there, they both studied French under Aldous Huxley. In 1921 he entered Trinity College, Cambridge as a history scholar and studied under J.B. Bury, becoming, as Runciman later commented, "his first, and only, student." At first the reclusive Bury tried to brush him off; then, when Runciman ment ...more
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