Thomas Asbridge

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Thomas Asbridge is an internationally renowned expert on the history of the Middle Ages and author of the critically acclaimed books The Crusades: The War for the Holy Land and The First Crusade: A New History. His latest publication is The Greatest Knight: The Remarkable Life of William Marshal, the Power Behind Five English Thrones.

Thomas studied for a BA in Ancient and Medieval History at Cardiff University, and then gained his PhD in Medieval History at Royal Holloway, University of London. His is now Reader in Medieval History at Queen Mary, University of London and Founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Islam & the West.

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Thomas Asbridge Hello Ryan
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I do comment on the later careers of both Stephen of Blois and Bohemond at the end of the book, though there is more…more
Hello Ryan
Thanks for you question.
I do comment on the later careers of both Stephen of Blois and Bohemond at the end of the book, though there is more detail in my general history 'The Crusades: The War for the Holy Land'. Bohemond stayed in Antioch initially, only completing his pilgrimage to Jerusalem in late 1099.
Hope you enjoy the rest of the book.

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Thomas Asbridge Dear Mark
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The audio CD version of 'The Greatest Knight' (read by Derek Perkins) is scheduled to be released on 10 March, thou…more
Dear Mark
Thanks for your questions.
The audio CD version of 'The Greatest Knight' (read by Derek Perkins) is scheduled to be released on 10 March, though I think it might be slightly delayed as I was only asked to sign off on the CD cover yesterday.

As to my BBC documentary: unfortunately, as far as I am aware, there are currently no plans to broadcast the program in the US. Sorry.

Yours
Thomas (less)
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“when Latin crusading armies arrived in the Near East to wage what essentially were frontier wars, they were not actually invading the heartlands of Islam. Instead, they were fighting for control of a land that, in some respects, was also a Muslim frontier,”
Thomas Asbridge, The Crusades: The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land

“The 1216 Magna Carta was distinctive in two further regards. It was not a mere peace treaty, extracted under duress from an embattled monarch, but a freely given assurance of rights. Crucially, the document was also issued with the full and unequivocal support of the papal legate, Guala.”
Thomas Asbridge, The Greatest Knight: The Remarkable Life of William Marshal, the Power Behind Five English Thrones

“It was this document, validated by Guala and Marshal, which resurrected Magna Carta – the discarded pact of 1215. This development represented a critical step in English history, for without this reissue and those that followed in later years, the Great Charter would have been forgotten.”
Thomas Asbridge, The Greatest Knight: The Remarkable Life of William Marshal, the Power Behind Five English Thrones

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