A History Of The Crusades 3 Volume Set
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Sir Steven Runciman's three volume A History of the Crusades, one of the great classics of English historical writing, is now being reissued. Volume I deals completely with the First Crusade and the foundation of the kingdom of Jerusalem. Volume II describes the Frankish states of Outremer from the accession of King Baldwin I to the re-conquest of Jerusalem by Saladin, and...more
Published December 25th 1987 by Cambridge University Press (first published 1951)
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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
Péter Holló-Vaskó
Mar 07, 2014 Péter Holló-Vaskó rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
Narrative three volume history of crusades to the Holy Land and the Crusader Kingdoms (well largely the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem). 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, to put it crudely, misses out a lot of the good stuff.

The absolute worst point is the final summing up chapter in the third volume which, imp...more
[...] 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
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.
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.
Classic history of the Crusades, great literary quality, though rather dated scientifically.
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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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A History of the Crusades, Vol. I: The First Crusade and the Foundations of the Kingdom of Jerusalem The Fall of Constantinople 1453 (Canto) A History of the Crusades, Vol. II: The Kingdom of Jerusalem and the Frankish East, 1100-1187 A History of the Crusades, Vol. III: The Kingdom of Acre and the Later Crusades The Sicilian Vespers: A History of the Mediterranean World in the Later Thirteenth Century

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