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The Crusades

Andrew Holt

in Medieval Studies

ISBN: 9780195396584
Published online December 2010 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195396584-0105
The Crusades

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The crusading movement involved peoples of varying religious and cultural backgrounds engaged in a violent struggle that spanned several centuries and took place on three continents. Until the later 20th century, historians focused narrowly on only those expeditions to the Holy Land as representing proper Crusades, but since then a broader crusading enterprise has been recognized that incorporates similar efforts against pagans in the Baltic region, heretics in southern Europe, Muslims in Spain, and papal foes in Italy. Consequently, Crusades studies have become broad and varied, leading to significant geographical and chronological specialization.

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Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) ; Literary Studies (Early and Medieval) ; Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy ; Byzantine and Medieval Art (500 CE to 1400) ; Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Archaeology

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