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The Invention of the Crusades

  • Controversial, revisionist challenge to the traditional interpretation of the nature of the Crusades
    Concise and provocative, ideal for use by students in seminars

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Christopher Tyerman
    Pages 1-7
  3. Christopher Tyerman
    Pages 8-29
  4. Christopher Tyerman
    Pages 30-98
  5. Christopher Tyerman
    Pages 99-126
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 127-170

About this book


What were the 'Crusades'? Were the great Christian expeditions to invade the Holy Land in fact 'Crusades' at all? In this radical and compelling new treatment, Christopher Tyerman questions the very nature of our belief in the Crusades, showing how historians writing more than a century after the First Crusade retrospectively invented the idea of the 'Crusade'. Using these much later sources, all subsequent historians up to the present day have fallen into the same trap of following propaganda from a much later period to explain events that were understood quite differently by contemporaries.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Hertford CollegeOxfordUK
  2. 2.Harrow SchoolUK

About the authors

CHRISTOPHER TYERMAN is Lecturer in Medieval History at Hertford College, Oxford, and Head of History at Harrow School.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Invention of the Crusades
  • Authors Christopher Tyerman
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Macmillan Publishers Limited 1998
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-66901-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-66902-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-26541-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 184
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics History of Medieval Europe
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