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Contents: Preface; Introduction; King Louis takes the Cross; Preparations for the crusade; The attitude of the Emperor Frederick II; Rival crusades; The 1st phase of the crusade: victory and disaster in Egypt; Events in the Muslim camp, and the Mamluk coup d'etat; The reaction to failure: criticism and the rational explanation; The 'crusade' of the pastoureaux (1251); Efforts to send assistance to King Louis from the West; The 2nd phase: King Louis's 4-year stay in Palestine; Bibliography; Index.
Peter Jackson is Professor of Medieval History at Keele University, UK, and an acknowledged authority on the history of the Mongol Empire, the Eastern Islamic world in the later Middle Ages, and on the Crusades and the Latin East.
'A very informative overview of several pages at the beginning of each chapter puts the subsequent sources in their historical context. There are numerous reference and explanatory footnotes and an outstanding up-to-date bibliography for Christian and Muslim sources. An excellent source collection that conveniently assembles English translations of all major original sources for the Seventh Crusade. Highly Recommended.' Choice 'It is a convenient way to survey a vast documentation in all its multifaceted complexity, useful to the expert, the near expert, and the student alike. I personally would recommend a thorough examination of this volume for anyone studying the First or Second Crusades... Taken as a whole this is a splendid addition to the series on Crusader Texts in Translation.' The Medieval Review 'Jackson is a renowned expert on the thirteenth century, in particular on the Mongol invasions. Here he shows himself to be a superb translator and judicious commentator. ... There are many collections of crusade sources in translation. Peter Jackson's is one of the best.' Catholic Historical Review 'Each section of this book comes with a careful introduction, presenting and explaining the events in a very clear, very comprehensive way, which makes this book more than a collection of texts: an excellent history of the Crusades.' Revue d'histoire ecclesiastique '... has an ideal compiler and translator in Peter Jackson, an accomplished historian who is at home in both western and oriental languages... the bulk of the volume, containing the material on the crusade before 1250, is a tour de force. This is a first-class addition to a worthy series.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History 'Professor Jackson is to be congratulated on what will be a required textbook for any student course not just, it is to be hoped, on thirteenth-century crusading, but on government, politics and diplomacy as well.' English Historical Review 'By gathering these sources together in a single volume of English translations, Professor Jackson has performed a great service to students, teachers, and scholars of the crusades... By concentrating on the campaign, Professor Jackson allows himself the space for a superb scholarly apparatus and the inclusion of invaluable Arabic sources... This is an exemplary primary source reader...' Crusades '...(an) admirably thorough and meticulously researched book...a most splendid achievement and the fruit of many hours of difficult textual work. Jackson treats with equal assurance events and themes in both Crusader and Muslim contexts-this is a rare skill.' Journal of Islamic Studies