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The Archaeology of Weapons : Arms and Armour from Prehistory to the Age of Chivalry
by R. Ewart Oakeshott
Listed under Weapons

The Alexiad of Anna Comnena. (The Penguin Classics)
by Anna Comnena
Paperback - 560 pages (May 1985)
Viking Pr; ISBN: 0140442154

Arab Historians of the Crusades
by Francesco Gabrieli (Editor)
Paperback Reprint edition (July 1984)
Univ California Press; ISBN: 0520052242

Armies of the Caliphates 862-1098 (Osprey Military Men-At-Arms, 320)
David Nicolle, Adam Hook

Armies of the Crusades (Men at Arms Series, 75)
by Terence Wise
Paperback - 40 pages (May 1978)
Osprey Pub Co; ISBN: 0850451256

The Armies of Islam : 7th-11th Centuries (Men at Arms, 125)
by David Nicolle
Paperback - 48 pages (December 1984)
Osprey Pub Co; ISBN: 0850454484

Arms and Armour of the Crusading Era, 1050-1350 : Western Europe and the Crusader States
by David Nicolle
Listed under Ancient Weapons

Arms and Armor: A Pictorial Archive from Nineteenth-Century Sources (Dover Pictorial Archive)
by Carol Belanger Grafton (Editor)
Listed under Medieval Clip Art

Byzantine Armies 1118-1461 (Osprey Men-At-Arms Series, No 287)
Ian Heath, et al
Listed under Byanantine Wars

The Capture of Constantinople: The Hystoria Constantinopolitana of Gunther of Pairis
by Alfred J. Andrea (Editor)
Listed under Byanantine Wars

Contemporary Sources for the Fourth Crusade (Medieval Mediterranean, Vol 29)
by Alfred J. Andrea (Editor)

Crusader Knight
by Osprey Military
Paperback - 64 pages (April )
Osprey Pub Co; ISBN: 1855329344

The Crusades (Essential Histories, No 1)
by David Nicolle
Paperback: 96 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.25 x 9.75 x 6.75 
Publisher: Osprey Pub Co; ; (March )
ISBN: 1841761796

The Crusaders: Warriors of God
by Georges Tate, translated by Lory Frankel
Harry N Abrams; (April )

The Crusades, C. 1071-C. 1291 (Cambridge Medieval Textbooks)
by Jean Richard, Jean Birrell (Translator)

The Crusades (Paper Soldiers of the Middle Ages Er.: Bk. 1)
by David Nicole
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A Concise History of the Crusades
by Thomas F. Madden
Book Description 'God wills it!' With that cry of medieval knights a new era in European history began. Across Europe a wave of pious enthusiasm led many thousands to leave their homes, family, and friends to march to a distant land in a great struggle for Christ. Yet the crusades were more than simply a holy war. They represent a synthesis of attitudes and values that were uniquely medieval--so medieval, in fact, that the crusading movement is rarely understood today. This book places the crusades within the medieval social, economic, religious, and intellectual environments that gave birth to the movement and nurtured it for centuries. The events of the crusades to Palestine and Europe's periphery are narrated in a clear, concise, and compelling manner. Special attention is also given to the crusades' effects on the Islamic world and the Christian Byzantine East. Also included is a historiographical overview of the subject as well as an up-to-date select biography.
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield; (October 1, )

Chronicles of the Crusades
by Geoffrey De Villehardouin, Jean De Joinville, Margaret R. Shaw (Translator)
Paperback (October 1963)
Viking Pr; ISBN: 0140441247

The Crusades Through Arab Eyes
by Amin Maalouf, Jon Rothschild
Paperback Reissue edition (May 1989)
Schocken Books; ISBN: 0805208984

The Damascus Chronicle of the Crusades : Extracted and Translated from the Chronicle of Ibn Al-Qalanisi
by H. A. R. Gibb
Paperback from Dover Pubns

Dore's Illustrations of the Crusades
by Gustave Dore
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Encyclopedia of the Crusades
Encyclopedia of the Crusades
by Alfred J. Andrea
Paperback from Greenwood Publishing Group
The First Crusade : The Chronicle of Fulcher of Chartres and Other Source Materials
by Edward M. Peters (Editor)
Paperback - 336 pages 2nd Rev edition
University of Pennsylvania Press; ISBN: 0812216563
God Wills It: An Illustrated History of the Crusades
by Wayne Bartlett
Book Description Fully illustrated, this glorious book reveals the whole dramatic history of the Crusades and the 200 years when western Christendom fought to establish Christianity in the place of its birth. It is a saga rich in paradox and contradiction: worldly ambition and spiritual self-sacrifice, pride and humility, extraordinary valor and despecable cowardice.

It is above all a tale of humanity in all of its extremes, and a sad record of how an ideal, misguided but well-intentioned, can become prostituted and corrupted.
Publisher: Sutton Publishing;

Holy War : The Crusades and Their Impact on Today's World
by Karen Armstrong (Preface)

The Leper King and His Heirs: Baldwin IV and the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem
by Bernard Hamilton
Book Description: The reign of King Baldwin IV of Jerusalem (1174-85) has traditionally been seen as a period of decline when, because of the king's illness, power came to be held by those who made the wrong policy decisions. Notably, they ignored the advice of Raymond of Tripoli and attacked Saladin. This book challenges that view, arguing that peace with Saladin was not a viable option; and that the young king, despite suffering from lepromatous leprosy, presided over a society that was (contrary to what is often said) vigorous and self-confident.

Knights at Tournament (Elite Series, 17)
by Christopher Gravett, Angus McBride (Illustrator)
(Paperback - March 1992)

Knight of Outremer 1187-1344 AD
(Osprey Military Warrior Series, No 18)
by David Nicolle, Christa Hook (Illustrator)

The Knights of Malta
by H. J. A. Sire
Yale Univ Pr; ISBN: 0300068859

Lionhearts: Richard 1, Saladin, and the Era of the Third Crusade
by Geoffrey Regan
Hardcover - 288 pages
Walker & Co; ISBN: 0802713548

Medieval Combat : A Fifteenth-Century Illustrated Manual of Swordfighting and Close-Quarter Combat
by Hans Talhoffer, et al
Listed under Ancient Weapons

Medieval Siege Weapons: Western Europe AD 585-1385
by David Nicolle, Sam Thompson
Listed under Siege Weapons

Mohammed, Charlemagne and the Origins of Europe
Mohammed, Charlemagne and the Origins of Europe
by Richard Hodges, David Whitehouse
Paperback from Cornell Univ Pr
The Monks of War : The Military Religious Orders
by Desmond Seward
Paperback - 415 pages Reprint edition (March )
Penguin USA
(Paper); ISBN: 0140195017

Nicopolis 1396 : The Last Crusade
(Campaign Series, 64)
by David Nicolle, David Nicolle PhD.
Paperback (November )

The Northern Crusades
by Eric Christiansen
The conquest and conversion of the pagan tribes of the Southern and Eastern Baltic Coasts from the thirteenth to the fifteenth century.
Paperback - 320 pages 2nd edition
Penguin USA
(Paper); ISBN: 0140266534

Saladin and the Fall of Jerusalem
by Stanley Lane-Poole, David Nicolle
Hardcover from Greenhill Books/Lionel Leventhal
Saladin and the Saracens Armies of the Middle East 1100-1300
(Men-At-Arms Series, No 171)
David Nicolle
Paperback / Published 1986

Saracen Faris 1100-1250 AD (Warrior, No10)
by David Nicolle, Christa Hook (Illustrator)
Paperback - 64 pages
Osprey Pub Co; ISBN: 1855324539

A Knight and His Weapons
by R. Ewart Oakeshott
Listed under Weapons

An Ungodly War: The Sack of Constantinople & the Fourth Crusade
by W. B. Bartlett
Listed under Byanantine Wars

Pelagius and the Fifth Crusade
by Joseph P. Donovan
Hardcover: ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.50 x 9.00 x 6.00 
Publisher: AMS Press; (June 1950)
ISBN: 0404154166

People of the First Crusade
by Michael Foss
Publisher: Arcade Publishing;

The Second Crusade: Scope and Consequences
edited by Jonathan Phillips and Martin Hoch; Giles Constable (Preface)
Book Description: The Second Crusade (1145-49) was an unprecedented attempt to expand the borders of Christianity in the Holy Land, the Baltic, and the Iberian peninsula. This wide-ranging collection offers a series of original interpretations of new and partially explored evidence of the crusade. The essays examine the planning, execution, and consequences of the crusade for Western Europe, the Crusader States of the Holy Land, and the Muslim Near East.
Publisher: Manchester Univ Pr; (December )

The Second Crusade and the Cistercians
by Michael Gervers
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; (February 1992)

Saladin: All-Powerful Sultan and the Uniter of Islam
by Stanley Lane-Poole
This compelling biography focuses on the ruler's sagacity and intelligence, and explains why Saladin was a man admired - even by his enemies. 
Cooper Square Press;

The Rare and Excellent History of Saladin
by Donald S. Richards (Translator)
Ashgate Publishing; (May 1, )
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Saladin in His Time
by P. H. Newby
Book Description: Honored by Christian and Muslim alike, celebrated by Dante and Sir Walter Scott, Saladin reigns as the most famous of all Islamic heroes. As sultan of Egypt, Syria, Yemen, and Palestine, he achieved great success in the wars against the crusaders--particularly with his capture of Jerusalem. And, his disciplined army stood in marked contrast to the Christians, who slaughtered indiscriminately following their victory in 1099. This thoroughly researched biography shows Saladin as a skillful diplomat, a generous but firm ruler, and a deeply religious man...who tragically died without enough money to pay for his own grave.
Paperback: 224 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.72 x 8.47 x 5.41 
Publisher: Phoenix Press, London WC2;
ISBN: 1842122576 

Saladin in Egypt
by Yaacov Lev
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers;

Sword and the Scimitar: The Saga of the Crusades (Pen  Sword Military Classics)
Sword and the Scimitar: The Saga of the Crusades (Pen & Sword Military Classics)
by Ernle Bradford
Paperback from Pen & Sword
Warriors of God : Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade
by James, Jr. Reston
Throughout the medieval era, the Holy Land was a fiercely contested battlefield, fought over by huge Muslim and Christian armies, by zealots and assassins. The Third Crusade, spanning five years at the end of the 12th century, was, writes James Reston Jr. in this absorbing account, "Holy War at its most virulent," overseen by two great leaders, the Kurdish sultan Salah ad-Din, or Saladin, and the English king Richard, forevermore known as Lionheart.

Writing with a keen sense of historical detail and drama, Reston traces the complex path by which Saladin and Richard came to face each other on the field of battle. The Crusades, he observes, began "as a measure to redirect the energies of warring European barons from their bloody, local disputes into a 'noble' quest to reclaim the Holy Land from the 'infidel'." Of the five Crusades over 200 years, only the first was successful, to the extent that the Christian armies were able to conquer their objective of Jerusalem. The Third Crusade, as Reston ably shows, was complicated by fierce rivalries among the Christian leaders, by a chain of military disasters that led to the destruction of an invading German army and its emperor, and by the dedication of an opposing Islamic army that shared both a goal and a language.

Saladin, Reston writes, was a brilliant leader and a merciful victor, but capable of costly errors; Richard was extraordinarily skilled at combat, but his lack of resolve cost him many battles, and, ultimately, Jerusalem. Richard returned to Europe, Saladin to Damascus. Neither leader has long to live, and the peace they made would soon be broken. James Reston's splendid book does them both honor while examining a conflict that has never really ended. --Gregory McNamee -
Hardcover - 240 pages (April 17, )
Doubleday; ISBN: 0385495617

Warriors of God: Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade
by James, Jr. Reston
(Paperback -- May 14, )

The First Crusade: Origin and Impact
by Jonathan Phillips
Manchester Univ Pr;
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The Crusades.
Buehr, Walter. New York: Putnam, 1959.
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Great Siege : Malta 1565 (Wordsworth Military Library.)
by Ernle Bradford
Paperback - 256 pages
Wordsworth Editions Ltd; ISBN: 1840222069
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Malta 1565 : Last Battle of the Crusades
(Osprey Military Campaign Series : 50)
by Tim Pickles, Christa Hook (Illustrator), Lee Johnson (Editor)
Paperback - 96 pages
Osprey Pub Co; ISBN: 1855328305
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Tales of the Crusades
Coolidge, Olivia E. Illus. Gustave Dore. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1970.
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The Story of the Crusades, 1097-1291.
Duggan, Alfred Leo.Illus. C. Walter Hodges. New York: Pantheon, 1964.
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The Crusade of Richard I, 1189-92 (English History from Contemporary Writers.)
by Thomas A. Archer
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Richard the Lionheart and the Crusades.
Gibb, Christopher. Illus. Gerry Wood. New York: Bookwright, 1985.
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The Crusades
Hamilton, Franklin. Judith Ann Lawrence. New York: Dial, 1965.
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A Boy of the Lost Crusade.
Hewes, Agnes. Illus. Gustaf Tenggren. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1923.
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St. Louis and the Last Crusade.
Hubbard, Margaret Ann. Illus. Harry Barton.
New York: Farrar, Strauss & Cudahy, 1958.
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The Crusades: A Short History.
Riley-Smith, Jonathan Simon Christopher. New Haven: Yale UP, 1987.
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About Castles and Crusaders.
Sauvain, Philip Arthur. Illus. Jim Robins. New York: Warwick, 1986.
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Know About the Crusades.
Treece, Henry. Chester Springs, PA: Dufour, 1967.
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Living in a Crusader Land.
Unstead, R.J. Illus. Victor Ambrus. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1971.
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The Crusades.
West, Anthony. Illus. Carl Rose. New York: Random House, 1954.
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Knights of the Crusades.
Williams, Jay. New York: Harper & Row, 1965.
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The Story of the Crusades.
Wilmot-Buxton, E.M. New York: Crowell, 1923
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The Crusades on DVD

Crusades () DVD
Of all the wars waged in the name of God, none has ever matched the arrogance and conceit of the Christian Crusades. For nearly two centuries (1095-1291), this medieval "holy war" variously raged, sometimes so spiritually misshapen by rapaciousness, murder, and political greed that to think it all had to do with Christian faith is absurd. And really, there is no one better to dramatize such a theater of holy war than Wales-born Terry Jones, host of The Discovery Channel's Ancient Inventions and an accomplished medievalist. Best known for his absurdist contributions to all things Monty Python--he was a founding member of Monty Python's Flying Circus and cowriter of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, and Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, among others--Jones wields an uncanny ability to explain the methodologies and madness of the Crusades while not failing us his sense of humor.

Jones wrote the scripts for each 50-minute presentation in the four volumes of The Crusades, which originally aired on The History Channel. His narration is not without an occasional sardonic air, almost of the roll-your-eyes type, which not only lends a skeptical perspective to a frequently misunderstood era in Western Europe, but also quite frequently editorializes the events that occurred between Pope Urban II's call for liberation of Jerusalem from the "infidels" of Islam and the embarrassing moment when officers of the fourth Crusade are conned out of its divine calling by the Venetians. While Jones's reconnaissance is sometimes oversimplified by casually not mentioning several Crusade sorties after the fourth (there were several, but by the 13th century they had become redolent of ennui and misguided commercial adventure), the technical ingenuity of the production and Jones's use of anecdote backed by academicians and preserved eyewitness accounts cinches a viewer's interest. Medieval "siege machines" are re-created to test their mettle against legends of famous battles, Jones dons real 11th- and 12th-century armor to demonstrate the outlandish appearance of Crusaders in the lands of Mohammed, mosaics come to life with body-painted characters of medieval fable, and computer graphics are deployed to re-create the interior of the great cathedral at Cluny.

All these elements are contrasted with intermezzos of contemporary European and Middle Eastern society and a moving original soundtrack to make The Crusades a thoroughly engaging documentary of the bloodletting of medieval Christian conquests and the ultimate result of Islamic fanaticism born from its crimson tide. In Jones's own words at the end of Volume IV: "It took 200 years for the Crusaders to create [this] Muslim fanaticism. It was the exact imitation of Christian intolerance." To understand the effects of the Crusades is to understand much of today's religious geography, and Mr. Jones and company can fairly lay claim to having helped set the record straight. --Jamie Friddle -

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