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A History of the Crusades, Vol. III: The Kingdom of Acre and the Later Crusades

(A History of the Crusades #3)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  524 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Sir Steven Runciman's three volume A History of the Crusades, one of the great classics of English historical writing, is now being reissued. 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 ...more
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Published December 3rd 1987 by Cambridge University Press (first published 1951)
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Michael O'Brien
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An outstanding final volume to this 3 volume series on the Crusades. Absolutely fascinating. The Crusades, as Steven Runciman points out, were an amazing period in human history, but not necessarily in a good way. In this history, as well as in the previous two, we see so many missed opportunities, so much needless bloodshed --- the outcome of faith unguided by wisdom, courage unaccompanied by foresight or reason.

This third volume is a tale of tragedies ---- but, by far, the greatest was the Fo
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
-Erudición y entretenimiento no tienen que enfrentarse, al menos no necesariamente-.

Género. Historia.

Lo que nos cuenta. Desde la Primera Cruzada, con una mirada hacia atrás para entender el sustrato del Imperio Romano y su herencia, hasta la caída de San Juan de Acre, con una mirada hacia delante hasta Pio II para entender sus estertores, retrato pormenorizado y cronológico de los hechos, personajes y acontecimientos que construyeron el fenómeno conocido como Las Cruzadas.

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Jun 06, 2019 added it
Well, there you have it. The bloody, vainglorious tale of Outremer. It was full of sound and fury, but ultimately signified nothing – nothing but destruction and death.

In this, the final volume of Runciman’s damning account of human folly, we are treated to the escapades of Frederick Barbarossa and Richard the Lion Heart and Saint Louis. Various kings and princes are assassinated. Saladin dies. The Venetians intrigue with the Germans to sack Constantinople and to destroy the Roman East. The pop
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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"The Crusaders made many mistakes. Their policy was often hesitant and changeable. But they cannot be entirely blamed for failing to solve a problem for which, in fact, there was no solution," Steven Runciman says at the beginning of the last book of his epic three volume history of the crusades. His words, I felt, neatly summarized the third volume of his history.

Dealing with the inevitable downfall of Outremer, it chronicles the bitter century that followed the fall of Jerusalem which started
Dimi Tsioumbris
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Maybe the best of the three, shocking and brutal, we see the rise of the Mongols and the Turks, i was surprised to read that the Mongols were much more well disposed towards Christians than Muslims!
Jun 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Although this was published in the 1950s the three volumes are still a very serviceable introduction to the Crusades. This is a top down narrative history mostly taken-up with dynastic struggles between Crusaders and Byzantines, Crusaders and Muslims, Muslims and Byzantines, Muslims and Muslims, Mongols and Muslims, and Crusaders and Crusaders

The success of the first Crusade was quite astonishing. A not very well organised group of competing noblemen managed to march their army via Byzantium int
Joshua Neil
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The third and last in Runciman's Crusades series covers the slow crumbling fall of Outremer, from the small triumphs of the third crusade to the fall of Acre and the failures that followed it. It deals, too, with all the last crusades that succeeded or failed in reaching the Holy Land, talks about the coming of the Mongols and the Mamelukes, and gives a brief summation of the Crusades and how history remembers them.
The book is as well-researched and fascinating as the previous two instalments
Ryan Campbell
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The conclusion to Sir Steve Runciman’s trilogy focuses on the period from Saladin’s recapture of Jerusalem to the fall of Acre and the few remaining crusader cities. The book includes a chapter on the culture of Outremer and a conclusion that explores the legacy of the Crusades. Throughout this book the reader is shown the vicious factors that doomed Outremer and the crusading movement from the the very beginning; misguided diplomacy, friction between Western and Eastern Christianity, and unreal ...more
Scott Rezer
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Although newer research has made Runciman’s work somewhat obsolete, his definitive three-volume set is still the gold standard in the field of Crusader research. Well-written and scholarly, as an overall look at the history of the Crusader kingdom in the Holy Land, it is an enjoyable and authoritative read. A must-have for any research library!
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Decent book, though for the most part strictly narrative rather than thematic or analysis-based. Shows the tremendous degree of infighting on every "side" of conflicts in the Crusader World, be they "Muslim," "Crusader," "Italian," "Byzantine," or "Mongol."

Most conflicts are, even if they seem ideological, quite fractal and based instead on combination of petty interests and relations.
Jeroen Van de Crommenacker
A classic in history literature. Just as good as Sicilian Vespers.
Jul 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The most professional work I read so far on the unpeacable period of Outremer. A must read for the scholars of the Crusades.
Sam Hawas
Dec 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful read. Not quite as enjoyable as the previous volume but no less important.
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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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