The First Crusaders: 1095-1131

The First Crusaders: 1095-1131

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The First Crusaders: 1095-1131
By Jonathan Riley-Smith
Much has been written about the crusades, but very little about the crusaders. What moved them to go? What preparations did they need to make? How did they react to their experiences? This book comes up with detailed answers to these questions, and offers the first systematic reading of a large cache of contemporary source material. The author identifies family clusters of crusaders across Europe, whose collective commitment manifested itself in support for the new settlements in the East.

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