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Book Title: The First Crusade and the Idea of Crusading|
The author of the book: Jonathan Riley-Smith
ISBN 13: 9780812213638
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 320 KB
Edition: University of Pennsylvania Press
Date of issue: December 12th 1986
Read full description of the books:Riley-Smith argues that Urban II’s tour and speeches were designed to elicit a lay knightly response but that most of what he was saying was already part of contemporary church reform discourse. This, especially service to Christ, the emphasis on good works, pilgrimage, and bringing monastic ideals outside of the cloister helped to get the expedition going. After that, however, the “idea” of crusading was mainly shaped by the events of the expedition itself, as the privation and eventual success was viewed as miraculous. The book is oddly Frankish (at the expense of the Germanics and the Italians) and stresses their contributions.
Read information about the authorJonathan Simon Christopher Riley-Smith, Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History at the University of Cambridge, was educated at Eton College and Trinity College Cambridge. He received his BA (1960), MA (1964), PhD (1964) and LittD (2001) from Cambridge.
From 1964–1972 Dr. Riley-Smith taught in the Department of Medieval History at the Unversity of St Andrews, first as assistant lecturer, until 1966, then as lecturer. From 1972 until 1978, he served on the history faculty at the University of Cambridge. He was professor of history at the University of London from 1978 until 1994. Since 1994, Professor Riley-Smith has served on the faculties of history and divinity at the University of Cambridge. He is a fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. From 1997 to 1999 he was chair of the faculty of history.
He was a founder member (1980), acting secretary (1980–1982) and president (1987–1995) of the Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East. Other positions he has held include Knight of Grace and Devotion, Sovereign Military Order of Malta, Officer of Merit, Order Pro Merito Melitens, and Knight of Justice, Most Venerable Order of St John.
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