The Social Structure of the First Crusade


The First Crusade (1096 – 1099) was an extraordinary undertaking. Because the repercussions of that expedition have rippled on down the centuries, there has been an enormous literature on the subject. Yet, unlike so many other areas of medieval history, until now the First Crusade has failed to attract the attention of historians interested in social dynamics. This book is the first to examine the sociology of the sources in order to provide a detailed analysis of the various social classes which participated in the expedition and the tensions between them. In doing so, it offers a fresh approach to the many debates surrounding the subject of the First Crusade.
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Biographical Note

Conor Kostick is an award-winning author of both history and fiction. He holds a Ph.D. (2005) and gold medal in history from Trinity College Dublin, where he teaches on the subject of the crusades.

Table of contents


1: The Eyewitnesses
2: The Early Historians
3: Pauperes and the First Crusade: From the Preaching of the Crusade to the Rise of the Visionaries
4: Pauperes and the First Crusade: From Antioch to Jerusalem
5: Milites: Knights or Simply Mounted Warriors?
6: Iuvenes: the Glory-Seeking Knights of the Crusade
7: Principes and the Crusading Nobility
8: The Leadership of the First Crusade
9: Women and the First Crusade: Prostitutes or Pilgrims?



Those, in the main academics, with a special interest in the crusades, social theory and medieval social structure.

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