The Northern Crusades

The Northern Crusades


By (author) Eric Christiansen

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 22mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 1 June 1998
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140266534
  • ISBN 13: 9780140266535
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: 2nd Second Edition, Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: maps
  • Sales rank: 102,523

Product description

The 'Northern Crusades', inspired by the Pope's call for a Holy War, are less celebrated than those in the Middle East, but they were also more successful: vast new territories became and remain Christian, such as Finland, Estonia and Prussia. Newly revised in the light of the recent developments in Baltic and Northern medieval research, this authoritative overview provides a balanced and compelling account of a tumultuous era.

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Author information

ERIC CHRISTIANSEN, a fellow of New College, Oxford, works mainly on Northern history in the Middle Ages. He has lectured in London, Copenhagen and Florida, and is the author of The Origins of Military Power in Spain. He lives in Oxford.

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"The verve and vigour of Eric Christiansen's study illuminates developments vital in the early history of Eastern Europe and brings to life a story that had epic dimensions" --Maurice Keen "For a one-volume history of the Northern Crusades, the reader has but one choice; this is it" --William Urban in the American Historical Review "A fine study of the Baltic conquest" --Hans Eberhard Meyer in the English Historical Reivew "Independent, erudite, lucid and witty ... a narrative that never flags" --Christpher Tyerman "A fascinating and elegant book" --Geoffrey Wheatcroft in the London Review of Books