By Alan V. Murray
The Crusades: An Encyclopedia surveys all elements of the crusading circulation from its origins within the eleventh century to its decline within the sixteenth century. not like different works, which specialize in the japanese Mediterranean quarter, this expansive four-volume encyclopedia additionally comprises the fight of Christendom opposed to its enemies in Iberia, japanese Europe, and the Baltic sector, and likewise covers the army orders, crusades opposed to fellow Christians, heretics, and more.
This paintings comprises accomplished entries on personalities equivalent to Godfrey of Bouillon, who refused the name "King of Jerusalem," and St. Bernard of Clairvaux, who tore up his personal garments to make symbols of the pass for crusaders, in addition to key occasions, nations, areas, and topics that make clear every little thing from the propaganda that encouraged crusading warriors to the ways that they fought. detailed insurance of themes akin to taxation, pilgrimage, battle, chivalry, and non secular orders provide readers an appreciation of the multifaceted nature of those "holy wars."