The First Crusade
First Edition   ©2015

The First Crusade

A Brief History with Documents

Jay Carter Rubenstein (University of Tennessee-Knoxville)

  • ISBN-10: 1-4576-2910-0; ISBN-13: 978-1-4576-2910-5; Format: Paper Text, 192 pages

This volume reveals the ways in which the First Crusade changed the direction of warfare, religion, and perhaps history itself. By highlighting the theme of prophecy, the volume deepens students' understanding of the crusading ethos. The introduction situates the First Crusade in context, from Constantine to the event's twelfth-century chroniclers. The documents provide and often juxtapose a variety of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish viewpoints, offering insight into the religious, political, and personal motivations of those involved and illuminating the Crusade's extensive impact and legacy. 

The prophecy theme is an excellent one to follow: it opens up, via a very distant subject to most American students a way to treat a very strange past empathetically.
Steven Isaac, Longwood University