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First crusader : Byzantium's holy wars

Author: Geoffrey Regan
Publisher: Stroud, Gloucestershire : Sutton, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Traditionally, the word 'Crusades' has referred to the wars fought by the West after the late eleventh century to recover the Holy Land from Muslim domination. This controversial new book from best-selling historian Geoffrey Regan may mean that the history books have to be rewritten. Challenging the view that the term 'crusade' is only appropriate to western or Latin Christianity, Regan argues that the true first  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Military history
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Regan, Geoffrey.
First crusader.
Stroud, Gloucestershire : Sutton, 2001
(OCoLC)606735467
Online version:
Regan, Geoffrey.
First crusader.
Stroud, Gloucestershire : Sutton, 2001
(OCoLC)608051398
Named Person: Heraclius, Emperor of the East; Heraclius, Emperor of the East; Kaiser) Herakleios (Byzantinisches Reich
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Geoffrey Regan
ISBN: 0750920262 9780750920261
OCLC Number: 47637950
Description: viii, 280 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Geoffrey Regan.

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Traditionally, "the Crusades" refer to the wars begun by the West in the late 11th century to recover the Holy Land from Muslim domination. This work argues that the first true crusaders came from  Read more...

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