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The Crusades, C. 1071-C. 1291 by Jean Richard, translated by Jean Birrell. A concise, general history of the crusades from the first calls to arms in the later 11th century to the fall of the last crusader strongholds in Syria and Palestine in 1291.
The Oxford Illustrated History of the Crusades edited by Jonathan Riley-Smith. Written by a team of leading scholars, this book has over 200 illustrations.
The Crusades Through Arab Eyes by Amin Maalouf and Jon Rothschild. The author has combed the works of contemporary Arab chroniclers of the Crusades. He retells their story and offers insights into the historical forces that shape Arab and Islamic consciousness today.
Arab Historians of the Crusades edited by Francesco Gabrieli. Excerpts from general histories of the Muslim world; chronicles of cities, regions, and their dynasties; and other historical records.
The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Crusades by Paul Williams. Learn why the wars began, why they continued, and how their impact still resonates. Includes an introduction to the Dark Ages, the origins of holy orders of knights, and more.
Armies of the Crusades by Terence Wise. From the Men-at-Arms series.
Deus Lo Volt! A Chronicle of the Crusades by Evan S. Connell. This fictional account of the crusades is a fascinating hybrid of scholarship and swordplay. (Review © Amazon.com)
Crusader Castles by Hugh Kennedy. About the history and architecture of Crusader castles in the Kingdom of Jerusalem, County of Tripoli and Principality of Antioch between 1099 and 1291. Includes photographs, drawings, plans, and a comprehensive bibliography.
Crusader Archaeology: The Material Culture of the Latin East by Adrian J. Boas. Examines what life was like for the Crusaders in their territory, and how they were influenced by their new-found neighbors. Illustrated.
Kingdoms of the Crusaders: From Jerusalem to Cyprus by Peter W. Edbury. Brings together papers spanning a quarter of a century of research into the history and institutions of the Latin East from the late 12th century to the end of the 14th.
The Creation of the Principality of Antioch, 1098-1130 by Thomas S. Asbridge. The First Crusade culminated in the Frankish conquest of much of Syria and Palestine. This book is the first major study of the early history of one of these Latin settlements, the principality of Antioch.
Melisende of Jerusalem: The World of a Forgotten Crusader Queen by Margaret Tranovich. Queen Melisende successfully ruled the Kingdom of Jerusalem during the 12th century even as her own husband and son fought her for control.
Defending the City of God: A Medieval Queen, the First Crusades, and the Quest for Peace in Jerusalem by Sharan Newman. During the time of the Crusades, a group of sisters, daughters of the King of Jerusalem, held together fragile treaties and marriages among many different factions.
The Leper King and His Heirs: Baldwin IV and the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem by Bernard Hamilton. The reign of King Baldwin IV of Jerusalem (1174-85) has traditionally been seen as a period of decline. This book challenges that view, arguing that the young king, despite suffering from leprosy, presided over a vigorous society.
Kings and Lords in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem by Hans E. Mayer. A collection of 18 studies in German, English, and French published between 1982 and 1991. The 11 in English include discussions of Baldwin II of Jerusalem, Henry II of England, John of Jaffa, and seignorial vicissitudes under kings Fulk and Baldwin III of Jerusalem.
Frankish Rural Settlement in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem by Ronnie Ellenblum. A study of the spatial distribution of Frankish settlement in the Latin Kingdom.
John of Brienne: King of Jerusalem, Emperor of Constantinople, c.1175-1237 by Guy Perry. John of Brienne's progress from mid-ranking knightly status to king, and emperor of the Latin Empire was remarkable. This biographical study explores how dynasticism, politics, intrigue, religion and war contributed to his career.
The New Knighthood: A History of the Order of the Temple by Malcolm Barber. The Order of the Temple, founded in 1119 to protect pilgrims around Jerusalem, developed into one of the most influential corporations in the medieval world. This is a detailed account of the Templars' history.
The Tragedy of the Templars: The Rise and Fall of the Crusader States by Michael Haag. The Knights Templar was a religious order dedicated to defending the Holy Land and its Christian pilgrims after the First Crusade. But conflicts and betrayals sent the faction of powerful knights spiraling from domination to condemnation. This book includes maps and full-color photographs.
The Templars and the Grail: Knights of the Quest by Karen Ralls. The Knights Templar have long been shrouded in mystery. This book presents the drama of the Templars through time, examining the many beliefs and theories about their presumed powers and knowledge.
The Knights Templar: A New History by Helen Nicholson. Based on extensive research into surviving historical evidence.
The Templars by Piers Paul Read. A novelist's sweeping popular history of the Templars.
Dungeon, Fire and Sword: The Knights Templar in the Crusades by John J. Robinson. A popular account of the Templars' dramatic history.
The First Crusade edited by Edward M. Peters. The chronicle of Fulcher of Chartres and other source materials.
People of the First Crusade by Michael Foss tells the story of the First Crusade in the words of participants.
The First Crusade: Origin and Impact edited by Jonathan Phillips.
The Alexiad by Anna Comnena. The author of this classic history was the daughter of 12th century Byzantine emperor Alexius I. Her book covers her father's reign and the First Crusade.
The First Crusade: The Call from the East by Peter Frankopan. According to tradition, the First Crusade began at Pope Urban II's instigation. But what if the real catalyst was Byzantine emperor Alexios I Komnenos?
The Second Crusade: Scope and Consequences edited by Jonathan Phillips and Martin Hoch. 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.
The Second Crusade and the Cistercians by Michael Gervers.
Warriors of God: Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade by James Reston Jr. The Third Crusade was overseen by two great leaders, Saladin and the Richard the 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. (Review © Amazon.com)
The Crusade of Frederick Barbarossa: The History of the Expedition of the Emperor Frederick and Related Texts translated by G. A. Loud. The first English translation of the main contemporary accounts of the Third Crusade and death of the German Frederick I Barbarossa (ruled 1152-90).
Saladin by A. R. Azzam. Famed for driving the Crusaders out of Jerusalem, Saladin became the most powerful man in the Islamic Empire, yet he died penniless. This biography places him in the historical context of the 10th and 11th century Sunni Revival.
Saladin by Anne-Marie Eddé translated by Jane Marie Todd. Biography that presents a view of the Crusades from an Arab perspective.
Saladin: The Sultan and His Times, 1138-1193 by Hannes Möhring, translated by David S. Bachrach. Follows the sultan's life from the rise of the Crusader states through the Third Crusade, and examines the unique legacy of his rule in the Middle East and beyond.
Saladin and the Saracens Armies of the Middle East, 1100-1300 by David Nicolle. About the weapons and armor of Saladin's warriors.
Saladin in Egypt by Yaacov Lev. Looks at Saladin's rise to power and the formation of his army in Egypt.
Hattin 1187: Saladin's Greatest Victory by David Nicolle. Tells the story of the campaign leading to the Muslim capture of Jerusalem after the disastrous Crusader defeat at Hattin, where, in a two-day battle on the waterless plateau, Saladin's troops destroyed the Christian army.
The Rare and Excellent History of Saladin translated by Donald S. Richards. This is a translation of Baha al-Din Ibn Shaddad's 12th-century account of his life and career. Ibn Shaddad was an admirer and close associate of Saladin.
Saladin: All-Powerful Sultan and the Uniter of Islam by Stanley Lane-Poole. A great leader and military genius, Saladin ruled Egypt, Palestine, Syria, and Yemen in the 12th century. This biography explains why he was admired even by his enemies. Out of print, but available from Alibris.
Shadow of the Swords: An Epic Novel of the Crusades by Kamran Pasha. The 12th century sultan Saladin finds himself at war with King Richard the Lionheart and in love with a Jewish girl with a tragic past.
Children's Books About Saladin
Saladin: Noble Prince of Islam by Diane Stanley. For children ages 9 to 12.
Saladin: Sultan of Egypt And Syria by Richard Worth. Biography for children ages 9 to 12.
Saladin and the Kingdom of Jersusalem: The Muslims Recapture the Holy Land in AD 1187 by Lee Hancock. For children ages 9 to 12.
Saladin by John C. Davenport. Nonfiction account of the 12th century sultan, for young adult readers.
The Fourth Crusade and the Sack of Constantinople by Jonathan Phillips. In 1202, western crusaders descended on Constantinople, wreaking devastation. They raped and massacred thousands, plundered churches, and torched the lavish city. This book is based on vivid accounts from knights and commoners, monastic chroniclers, troubadours, survivors, and even Pope Innocent III.
The Fourth Crusade 1202-04: The Betrayal of Byzantium by David Nicolle, illustrated by Christa Hook. The Fourth Crusade was preached (from 1198 onwards) as a campaign against Ayyubid Egypt, but the crusading army attacked the Byzantine capital of Constantinople, capturing it in 1203.
The Fourth Crusade: The Conquest of Constantinople by Donald E. Queller. Proceeding no further than Constantinople, the Crusaders sacked it and installed a Latin ruler on the throne of Byzantium.
The Conquest of Constantinople by Robert De Clari, translated by Edgar Holmes McNeil. An eyewitness account of the fourth crusade from a French knight.
Chronicles of the Crusades by Geoffrey De Villehardouin and Jean De Joinville, translated by Margaret R. Shaw. Accounts written by two soldiers who took part in the wars. Geoffrey de Villehardouin fought in the Fourth Crusade. Jean De Joinville writes about the Seventh Crusade.
The Capture of Constantinople by Gunther of Pairis, edited by Alfred J. Andrea. A contemporary history of the crusade, written by a monk.
Contemporary Sources for the Fourth Crusade by Alfred J. Andrea.
An Ungodly War: The Sack of Constantinople & the Fourth Crusade by W. B. Bartlett.
The Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam, and Francis of Assisi's Mission of Peace by Paul Moses. An examination of the little-known meeting between St. Francis of Assisi and Sultan Malik Al-Kamil (nephew of Saladin).
Saint Francis and the Sultan: The Curious History of a Christian-Muslim Encounter by John Tolan. In September 1219, Francis of Assisi went to Egypt to preach to Sultan al-Malik al-Kamil. This book examines artistic responses to their brief but symbolic meeting.
Pelagius and the Fifth Crusade by Joseph P. Donovan.
These DVDs are formatted for North American audiences.
The Crusades: Crescent & The Cross. History Channel documentary with "breathtaking CGI-enhanced visuals, heart-pounding reenactments, and stunning footage from rarely seen locations."
The Crusades. Monty Python's Terry Jones hosts this irreverent and illuminating look at the knights, faith, and Holy Wars that changed history. Four-volume set.
History's Mysteries: The Children's Crusade. Discover one of the saddest and most shocking stories of the Crusades.
Christianity. Chronicles Christianity's first 2,000 years, including the Crusades. Includes commentary from scholars and visits to the sites where history was made.
In Search of History: The Knights Templar. Unravel the extraordinary story of the legendary Knights who some say survived their execution at the end of the Crusades and have preserved their order to this day.
Kingdom of Heaven (Director's Cut) starring Orlando Bloom. Movie in which a blacksmith becomes a knight in Jerusalem between the Second and Third crusades. Royal characters include King Baldwin IV of Jerusalem (played by Edward Norton) and the legendary Muslim leader Saladin (played by Ghassan Massoud).
The Byzantine Empire