767 p.,  p. of plates : col. ill., maps ; 24 cm.
First published in Great Britain in 2010 by Simon & Schuster UK Ltd.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -742) and index.
The coming of the Crusades -- The response of Islam -- The trail of champions -- The struggle for survival -- Victory in the East -- Conclusion.
Drawing on painstaking original research and an intimate knowledge of the Near East, Thomas Asbridge uncovers what drove Muslims and Christians alike to embrace the ideals of "jihad" and crusade, revealing how these holy wars reshaped the medieval world and why they continue to influence events today.