Contesting the Crusades
February 2006, Wiley-Blackwell
1. Defining the Crusade.
2. The Origins and Character of the First Crusade.
3. The Development of Crusading in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries.
4. The Intentions and Motivations of Crusaders.
5. Crusading Outside the Latin East in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries.
6. Crusading After 1291.
7. Consequences: The Effect of the Crusades on the Development of Europe and on Relations Between Catholic Christianity and other Faiths.
- An authoritative introduction to the crusades.
- Steers readers through the key debates in this popular area of medieval history.
- Written by one of the most distinguished historians in the field.
- Draws on the author’s 30 years’ experience of crusading scholarship.
- Issues addressed range from the definition of ‘crusade’, through the motivation and intentions of the crusaders, to the consequences of the crusades for European society
"This is a brilliant book. It is easily the best treatment of the historiography of the crusades." Jonathan Riley-Smith, University of Cambridge
"This first instalment of Blackwell's 'Contesting the Past' series is an impressive showing. The author provides an excellent up-to-date survey of Crusade studies, and even offers suggestions for further investigation. Highly recommended." Choice
"An excellent survey of debates and historiography, concentrating on work produced within the last fifty years. Housley provides a clear guide based on an enviable command of the literature, and for this we owe him a great debt of gratitude." The International History Review
“Lively, lucid and stimulating … [A] highly readable book.” English Historical Review
“Norman Housley has succeeded brilliantly in providing such a book; it is accessible, concise, and comprehensive."
"Housely's book should be at the very top of the reading list of anyone teaching the crusades." History