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The Holy Land in the Era of the Crusades (Hardback)

Kingdoms at the Crossroads of Civilizations, 1100–1300

Ancient History P&S History Colour Books

By Helena P Schrader
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 384
Illustrations: 20 colour & black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526787590
Published: 6th May 2022


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The Near East in the era of the Crusades was home to diverse populations Orthodox and Latin Christians, Shia and Sunni Muslims, Jews and Samaritans. It was the meeting-point for Arab, Turkish, Byzantine and Frankish culture, the latter itself a mixture of Western traditions adapted to circumstances in the crusader states by the Europeans who had settled in the Holy Land.

While the Crusades have become a synonym for brutality and bigotry, the crusader states represented a positive example of harmonious coexistence across two centuries. Likewise, while scholars from a wide range of disciplines including archaeology, art history, and medicine have shed light on diverse aspects of the crusader states, to date there is no single introductory source that provides a comprehensive overview of these unique states as a starting point for the uninitiated. The Holy Land in the Era of the Crusades aims to fill this gap while correcting common misconceptions by bringing together recent scholarly research on a range of topics to create a comprehensive description. It covers the history, demography, state institutions, foreign policy, economy, art, architecture, and lifestyle of the people who lived in the crusader states in the period from 1100 to 1300. It is organized in two main parts: a chronological historical overview, and a topical discussion of key features of these unique kingdoms. An additional, final chapter describes the rise and fall of the House of Ibelin to give the entire history a human face.

The Holy Land in the Era of the Crusades would make an ideal textbook for undergraduates while offering hobby historians an introduction to the crusader states with tips for further research.

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About Helena P Schrader

Helena Schrader earned a PhD in History from Hamburg University in Germany before becoming a US diplomat in Africa and Europe. She has published three popular history books and is an award-winning novelist, whose novels set in the crusader states have won a total of 15 literary awards to date.

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