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The First Crusade.

The First Crusade. Sir Steven Runciman. Cambridge University Press. [pounds sterling]35.00 (US$50.00). vi + 201 pages. ISBN 0-521-84739-7. This title is an 1980 abridgement of the first volume of Sir Steven's History of the Crusades which appeared in the early 1950s. It was the first of the modern histories of the Crusades and remains after all these years as one of the best written and most thoroughly researched studies. The author made great use of his knowledge of Byzantine history and shows how feeble were the successes of the crusading armies when set against their unsettling effects on the balance of power in the Middle East. This abridgement, first published in 1980 has kept all the essential information and ease of style which marked the larger version. (T.B.)
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Date:Jul 1, 2005
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