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Riley-Smith, Jonathan Simon Christopher 1938-

Works: 87 works in 683 publications in 7 languages and 20,110 library holdings
Genres: History  Maps  Atlases  Sources  Biography  Church history  Bibliography  Periodicals  Pictorial works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Honoree, Contributor, Author of introduction, Composer, Dedicatee
Classifications: D157, 909.07
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Most widely held works about Jonathan Simon Christopher Riley-Smith
Most widely held works by Jonathan Simon Christopher Riley-Smith
The Oxford illustrated history of the Crusades by Jonathan Simon Christopher Riley-Smith( Book )

59 editions published between 1995 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 3,274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comprehensive history of the crusades ranges from the eleventh century to modern times and includes commentary on the art and architecture associated with the crusades and insights into the history of the knightly orders
The Crusades : a short history by Jonathan Simon Christopher Riley-Smith( Book )

73 editions published between 1981 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 2,814 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Provides a comprehensive history of the Crusades, including the politics and personalities behind them
The atlas of the Crusades by Jonathan Simon Christopher Riley-Smith( )

34 editions published between 1990 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 1,542 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In addition to the Crusades, the book includes the wars in Spain, the crusades against the Cathars and the Hussites, the Tuetonic knights, and the rise of the Ottomans
What were the Crusades? by Jonathan Simon Christopher Riley-Smith( Book )

58 editions published between 1977 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 1,527 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This work deals with causes for crusading, the legitimizing authority of the papacy, recruitment, and the nature of the crusade vow and its consequences. This edition features a new preface which surveys and reviews developments in crusading scholarship as well as a new map and material on child crusaders
The First Crusade and the idea of crusading by Jonathan Simon Christopher Riley-Smith( Book )

59 editions published between 1986 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 1,161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: Focusing on the inner workings of the First Crusade in a way that no other work has done, The First Crusade and the Idea of Crusading delves into the Crusade's organization, its finances, and the division of authority and responsibility among its leaders and their relationships with one another and with their subordinates. In the year 1095, Pope Urban II initiated what is known today as the First Crusade. His summons of the lay knights to the faith between 1095 and 1096 was Urban II's personal response to an appeal that had reached him from eastern Christians, the Pope referred to the struggle ahead as Christ's own war, to be fought in accordance with God's will and intentions. It was, too, called a war of liberation, designed to free the church and city of Jerusalem from oppression and pillage by the Muslims while liberating western Church from the errors into which it had fallen. In this classic work, presented here with a new introduction, one of the world's most renowned crusade historians approaches this central topic of medieval history with freshness and impeccable research. Through the vivid presentation of a wide range of European chronicles and charter collections, Jonathan Riley-Smith provides a striking illumination of crusader motives and responses and a thoughtful analysis of the mechanisms that made this expedition successful
The crusades, Christianity, and Islam by Jonathan Simon Christopher Riley-Smith( Book )

19 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 1,155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: The Crusades were penitential war-pilgrimages fought in the Levant and the eastern Mediterranean, as well as in North Africa, Spain, Portugal, Poland, the Baltic region, Hungary, the Balkans, and Western Europe. Beginning in the eleventh century and ending as late as the eighteenth, these holy wars were waged against Muslims and other enemies of the Church, enlisting generations of laymen and laywomen to fight for the sake of Christendom. Crusading features prominently in today's religion-political hostilities, yet the perceptions of these wars held by Arab nationalists, pan-Islamists, and many in the West have been deeply distorted by the language and imagery of nineteenth-century European imperialism. With this book, Jonathan Riley-Smith returns to the actual story of the Crusades, explaining why and where they were fought and how deeply their narratives and symbolism became embedded in popular Catholic thought and devotional life. From this history, Riley-Smith traces the legacy of the Crusades into modern times, specifically within the attitudes of European imperialists and colonialists and within the beliefs of twentieth-century Muslims. Europeans fashioned an interpretation of the Crusades from the writings of Walter Scott and a French contemporary, Joseph-Francois Michaud. Scott portrayed Islamic societies as forward-thinking, while casting Christian crusaders as culturally backward and often morally corrupt. Michaud, in contrast, glorified crusading, and his followers used its imagery to illuminate imperial adventures. These depictions have had a profound influence on contemporary Western opinion, as well as on Muslim attitudes toward their past and present. Whether regarded as a valid expression of Christianity's divine enterprise or condemned as a weapon of empire, crusading has been a powerful rhetorical tool for centuries. In order to understand the preoccupations of Islamist jihadis and the character of Western discourse on the Middle East, Riley-Smith argues, we must understand how images of crusading were formed in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
The first crusaders, 1095-1131 by Jonathan Simon Christopher Riley-Smith( Book )

23 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 866 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studie over de achtergronden en de beweegredenen van de kruisvaarders
The feudal nobility and the kingdom of Jerusalem, 1174-1277 by Jonathan Simon Christopher Riley-Smith( Book )

21 editions published between 1973 and 2002 in English and held by 682 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Knights of St. John in Jerusalem and Cyprus, c. 1050-1310 by Jonathan Simon Christopher Riley-Smith( Book )

24 editions published between 1967 and 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 589 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The New Cambridge medieval history by Timothy Reuter( Book )

101 editions published between 1995 and 2015 in English and held by 400 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The fourth volume of 'The New Cambridge Medieval History' brings together studies of the political, religious, social and economic history of the whole of Europe and the Mediterranean world during the eleventh and twelfth centuries
Hospitallers : the history of the Order of St. John by Jonathan Simon Christopher Riley-Smith( Book )

13 editions published between 1999 and 2001 in English and held by 255 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Hospitallers were a religious order, founded in Jerusalem by 1099, devoted to nursing and to fighting the infidel. With their fellow knights, the Templars, they played a heroic part in the defence of the Holy Land, defending great castles, such as Krak des Chevaliers, while at the same time providing exemplary nursing care for the poor. Hospitallers is an illustrated history, by a leading historian of the crusades, of this remarkable body, the heir of which is the Order of St. John."--Jacket
Templars and Hospitallers as professed religious in the Holy Land by Jonathan Simon Christopher Riley-Smith( Book )

15 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 237 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overview: The Templars and the Hospitallers were the two earliest and most famous of the major Military Orders of the Roman Catholic Church from the early twelfth to the middle of the thirteenth century. In this book, Jonathan Riley-Smith attends to the Templars' and Hospitallers' primary role as religious orders, not as military phenomena or economic powerhouses. In a prologue, four chapters, and an epilogue, Riley-Smith discusses the origins of the orders in dedication to the protection of pilgrims to the Holy Land (Templars) and to the care of the poor and the sick among them (Hospitallers). He examines their traditions and early history, the organization of their communities, modes of governance, and, in the fourth chapter, important differences between the orders and a brief account of their respective fates in the wake of the Crusades. The Templars were eventually persecuted by the Church and the order suppressed. Riley-Smith speculates that the violent end of the order was caused both by jealousy of its wealth and by internal problems of governance that left it vulnerable to accusations of conducting blasphemous rites. The Hospitallers survived in one form or another to the present day; vestiges of the original order inform the contemporary Knights of Malta
Montjoie : studies in Crusade history in honour of Hans Eberhard Mayer( Book )

12 editions published in 1997 in 3 languages and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The traditional site of the tomb of the Prophet Samuel has come to be known as Mons Gaudii, or Montjoie, as it was there that, in June 1099, the First Crusaders had their first glimpse of Jerusalem. The present collection of 18 articles honours Hans Eberhard Mayer, a leading crusade historian one of whose early discoveries has been the charter by which King Baldwin V of Jerusalem confirmed the possessions of St Samuel of Montjoie.The contributions deal with the history of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, some of the ideological underpinnings of crusading, and aspects of its legal and institutional heritage."
Dei gesta per Francos : études sur les Croisades dédiées a Jean Richard = Crusade studies in honour of Jean Richard by Michel Balard( Book )

8 editions published in 2001 in English and French and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jean Richard is the doyen of Crusade historians. To celebrate his 80th birthday 39 colleagues contributed articles to this volume which illustrate Professor Richard's breadth of interest: the crusades, the military orders, and the Latin settlements on the Levantine mainland and on Cyprus
The Knights Hospitaller in the Levant, c.1070-1309 by Jonathan Simon Christopher Riley-Smith( Book )

15 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As one of the greatest of the military orders that were generated in the Church, the Order of the Hospital of St John was a major landowner and a significant political presence in most European states. It was also a leading player in the settlements established in the Levant in the wake of the crusades. It survives today. In this source-based and up-to-date account of its activities and internal history in the first two centuries of its existence, attention is particularly paid to the lives of the brothers and sisters who made up its membership and were professed religious. Themes in the book relate to the tension that always existed between the Hospital's roles as both a hospitaller and a military order and its performance as an institution that was at the same time a religious order and a great international corporation
Crusaders and settlers in the Latin East by Jonathan Simon Christopher Riley-Smith( Book )

14 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 165 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reflects Jonathan Riley-Smith's work as a historian, which began with research on the history of the military orders. This book covers the political and constitutional history of the kingdom of Jerusalem and the relations of the western settlers with the indigenous population of Palestine and Syria
In laudem hierosolymitani : studies in Crusades and medieval culture in honour of Benjamin Z. Kedar( Book )

6 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The experience of crusading by P. W Edbury( Book )

8 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The Oxford illustrated history of the Crusades
Alternative Names
Džonatan Rajli Smit

Ionathan Riley-Smith

Jonathan Riley-Smith britischer Historiker

Jonathan Riley-Smith Brits mediëvist

Raily-Smith, Tz 1938-

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Riley-Smith, J. (Jonathan), 1938-

Riley-Smith, J. S. C. 1938-

Riley-Smith, J. S. C. (Jonathan Simon Christopher), 1938-

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Райли-Смит, Джонатан

Џонатан Рајли Смит

جوناثان ريلى سميث

جوناثان ريلي-سميث، 1938-

رايلي-سميث، جوناثان، 1938-

ريلي-سميث، ڄوناثان سيمون كريستوفر، 1938-

سميث، جوناثان رايلي، 1938-


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The Crusades : a short historyThe atlas of the CrusadesWhat were the Crusades?The First Crusade and the idea of crusadingThe crusades, Christianity, and IslamThe first crusaders, 1095-1131The Knights of St. John in Jerusalem and Cyprus, c. 1050-1310The New Cambridge medieval history