The Fourth Crusade
And the Sack of Constantinople
By (author) Professor Jonathan Phillips
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Fourth Crusade by Professor Jonathan Phillips
Book DescriptionIn April 1204, the armies of Western Christendom wrote another bloodstained chapter in the history of holy war. Two years earlier, aflame with religious zeal, the Fourth Crusade set out to free Jerusalem from the grip of Islam. But after a dramatic series of events, the crusaders turned their weapons against the Christian city of Constantinople, the heart of the Byzantine Empire and the greatest metropolis in the known world. The crusaders spared no one in their savagery: they murdered and raped old and young - they desecrated churches, plundered treasuries and much of the city was put to the torch. Some contemporaries were delighted: God had approved this punishment of the effeminate, treacherous Greeks; others expressed shock and disgust at this perversion of the crusading ideal. History has judged this as the crusade that went wrong. In this remarkable new assessment of the Fourth Crusade, Jonathan Phillips follows the fortunes of the leading players and explores the conflicting motives that drove the expedition to commit the most infamous massacre of the crusading movement.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781844130801
(198mm x 129mm x 25mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 7-Apr-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Professor Jonathan Phillips
Crusades, 1095-1204, Hardback (May 2014)
"First published 2002 by Pearson Education."
Crusades, 1095- 1204, Paperback (May 2014)
"First published 2002 by Pearson Education."
Holy Warriors, Paperback (September 2010)
Explores the conflict of ideas, beliefs and cultures and shows both the contradictions and diversity of holy war. This book draws on contemporary writings - on chronicles, songs, sermons, travel diaries and peace treaties - to focus on people and events we thought we knew well.
Second Crusade, Paperback (February 2010)» View all books by Professor Jonathan Phillips
The Second Crusade (1145-1149) was an extraordinarily bold attempt to overcome unbelievers on no less than three fronts. Crusader armies set out to defeat Muslims in the Holy Land and in Iberia as well as pagans in northeastern Europe. This book provides an understanding of the Crusades and their importance in medieval European history.
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Author Biography - Professor Jonathan Phillips
Jonathan Phillips is Professor of Crusading History at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of Holy Warriors: A Modern History of the Crusades, The Second Crusade: Extending the Frontiers of Christianity, The Crusades, 1095-1197, Defenders of the Holy Land, 1119-1187 and co-editor of three academic essay collections on the Crusades. He is the co-editor of the academic journal Crusades and writes regularly for BBC History and History Today. He has made numerous radio and television appearances, including: Boris Johnson and the Dream of Rome (BBC2); The Crusades (with Rageh Omaar) in the Christianity series on Channel 4, and The Crescent and the Cross (History Channel).
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