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Covers nearly 400 years of dissension, battle, political intrigue, and religious upheaval known as the Crusades. Ranging geographically from Europe to Near East to Africa, and chronologically from the First Crusade in 1096 to the Varna Crusade in 1444, the 1,000 alphabetically arranged entries cover major figures, significant battles, and important locations. Entries have short bibliographies. Biographical entries cover rulers, religious figures, soldiers. Also covers thematic topics, such as ships, Eastern churches, the True Cross, Islam, jihad, eschatology. Over 50 maps. Some illustrations, usually paintings or engravings.
Encyclopedia of the Crusades Main D 155 .A6 2003
Has entries on people, places, topics, a chronology of events, and a basic bibliography. Each article has further reading references. All the entries are by the author, who is an emeritus professor of medieval history at the University of Vermont.
Crusades to the Holy Land, the Essential Reference Guide Main D 155 .C79 2015
Covers crusades from 1095 through the end of the 13th century. Has entries on the main crusade expeditions, key individuals, subjects, places, and analytical essays. Overview essays on causes and consequences lead off the book. The entries are a page to several pages and conclude with further reading references. There is a section of primary source documents, and appendix on the historical dilemmas in the Crusades, a chronology, and an overall bibliography. Entries are by individual scholars who are academics from universities, colleges, and research centers from around the world.
Dictionnaire de la France Medievale Main DC 60.6 .F38 1993
All entries by Jean Favier. Entries on topics, people, and places vary widely in length, from a few lines to ten pages. Coverage extends beyond borders of medieval France to include the Crusades, French rule elsewhere, from 4th-15th centuries. No bibliographies, cross-references, or indexes, regrettably.
Historical Dictionary of the Crusades Main D 155 .S53 2013
Authored by a professor of European history and the Crusades at Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington, who has published on crusade charters and on church reform in the 11th and 12th centuries. Has entries on people, topics, places, concepts, mostly a page or so in length. An overall bibliography is at the back, organized by place written about and the individual crusades.
Medieval France: an Encyclopedia Reference DC 33.2 .M44 1995
Medieval Islamic Civilization Main DS 36.85 .M434 2006
Routledge Companion to the Crusades Main D 157 .L64 2006
9 parts. 1) Chronology by year, of background, military expeditions, crusader states. 2) Narrative outline of each crusade in a page or so each. 3) Brief, paragraph length biographies of crusading figures. 4) An essay, 20 pages or so, on historiography, what have historians said about the crusades? 5) Brief, paragraph length biographies of crusade historians, including mention of their book titles. 6) Short essays on such topics as women and the crusades and on the crusades from Byzantine Armenian, Italian, Jewish, Muslim, and Frankish perspectives. 7) Select bibliography of publications about the crusades mainly in English. 8) Genealogical tables. 9) Maps.