A detailed account of the crusades launched by the popes against their political opponents in the west. They have usually been regarded as a debasement of the crusade ideal which offended public opinion and harmed both the popularity of Christian Holy War and the moral authority of the Papacy. Housley challenges such views, attempting an objective assessment of these campaigns and their place in the crusading movement. Drawing on a large range of contemporary sources, he analyses the arguments used to justify the crusades and the papal crusade policy in practice, describes how the crusades were preached and organised, and assesses the popular response to the preaching. He also looks in depth at the financing of the crusades - the sources of revenue and the problems of crusade taxation.
Series: Oxford University Press Academic Monograph Reprints S
Number Of Pages: 306
Published: 29th April 1982
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.5 x 14.6
Weight (kg): 0.52