The Byzantine Empire on the Eve of the Crusades

Classic Pamphlet

By R. J. H. Jenkins, published 30th November 2011

A diminishing power

It is not strange that there should in recent years have been a notable revival of interest in the Crusades. The origins of the Crusading movement in the west during the latter part of the eleventh century have long been studied, and traced to the operation of social and spiritual factors adroitly manipulated by statesmen of the western church. But it is an inadequate survey which would regard the contest, even in origin, as a simple duel between the Catholic west and the Muslim east...

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