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THE BIBLE HANDBOOK: an Introduction to the Study of the Sacred Scriptures. By JOSEPH ANGUS, D.D. With a Map. 5s. QUESTIONS TO THE BIBLE HANDBOOK, 6d., neat cover. THE HISTORY OF ENGLAND: to the Year 1852. With Summaries of the State of the People at different Periods; their Maritime Operations, Commerce, Literature, and Political ProFor Schools and Families. By the Rev. T. Milner, gress. 12mo. With two Maps. 5s. A.M., F.R.G.S. THE HISTORY OF ROME, with Maps, 3s.
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A UNIVERSAL GEOGRAPHY, in Four Parts: Historical, Mathematical, Physical, and Political. By the Rev. THOMAS MILNER, F.R.G.S. Ten Coloured Maps. 5s.
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THE RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY;
ORIGIN OF THE CRUSADES. A.D. 622-1090.
Rise and progress of Mohammedanism-Spirit of the system-Its
early and extensive triumphs-Inroads on Christian territory-
Struggle between Christianity and Mohammedanism-The Crusades
the zenith of this struggle-Religious and military spirit of the
times-Chivalry combining both-Superstitious veneration for Je-
rusalem-Pilgrimages to the Holy City-Sufferings of the pilgrims
-Preaching of the returned pilgrims
PRELIMINARY EVENTS. A.D. 999-1096.
Letter of pope Sylvester 11.-Letters of Gregory vII.-Peter the Her-
mit-His preaching-Council of Clermont-Speech of Urban-Its
reception-Effects of the council-Popular movement-Expedition
of Walter-Expedition of Peter-Calamities of the march-Hosts of
Peter and Walter in Constantinople-Expeditions of Godescalus and
others-Their fate-Their effect on those which followed--Character
of Peter the Hermit
THE FIRST CRUSADE. A.D. 1096-1099.
The great leaders of the FIRST CRUSADE-Raymond, Boemond, Hugh
the Great-Godfrey of Bouillon-March of the Crusaders-Policy of
the Greek emperor-His treatment of Hugh the Great, Godfrey, and
others Effect of their residence in Constantinople-Crusaders on the
plains of Asia-The siege of Nice-Surrender of the city-Battle of
Dorylæum-Siege of Antioch-City taken by stratagem-Crusaders
besieged in Antioch-Distresses-Superstition of the lance-Encoun-
ter with the Turks-Victory of the Crusaders-Advance towards Je-
rusalem-Sight of the city-Its unsuccessful assault-Jerusalem
besieged-Sacred procession-Storming of the city-Cruelty of the
THE KINGDOM OF JERUSALEM.
Its extent-Election of Godfrey to the SOVEREIGNTY-The Battle of
Ascalon-Godfrey's death-The CONSTITUTION of the Latin kingdom
-THE MILITARY ORDERS-The Hospitallers Their origin; their
dress; military character; government of the order; ceremonies of
investiture; renown-The Templars-Origin, dwelling-place, habit,
and government of the order-Fate of the religious orders-ECCLE-
SIASTICAL AFFAIRS-Conduct of Godfrey-Rapacity of the patriarchs-
Their quarrels SUPPLEMENTARY CRUSADE-Its leaders, and their
followers-Its fate-Latin kings-Fall of Edessa
THE SECOND AND THIRD CRUSADBS. A.D. 1145-1192. PAGZ
SECOND CRUSADE-Excitement on the fall of Edessa-Louis VII. es-
pouses the cause of the Latin kingdom-Eugenius III. appoints
St. Bernard to preach the Crusade-His wonderful success-The Em-
peror of Germany sets out-His defeat-March of Louis-Victories of
the French-Calamities-Advance to Jerusalem-Uusuccessful siege
of Damascus-Return of Conrad and Louis-Review of Second Cru-
sade-State of Palestine-Rise of Saladin-His invasion of Palestine
-Surrender of Jerusalem-Clemency of Saladin-THIRD CRUSADE-
Promoted by Frederick, Philip, and Henry 11.-March of Frederick-
His success and sudden death-March of Philip and Richard-Dis-
putes in Sicily-Arrival in Palestine-Dissensions-Return of Philip
-Feats of Richard-His advance-Abandons the enterprise-Con-
cludes a peace with Saladin-Return to Europe
THE FOURTH AND SUBSEQUENT CRUSADES. A.D. 1192-1291.
FOURTH CRIADE-Death and character of Saladin-Division of has em-
pire-Pope Celestine III. promotes a Crusade-The Germans alone
respond to his appeals-This Crusade of brief duration-Its results
unimportant-FIFTH CRUSADE-Preached by Foulk-Ambassadors
sent to Venice to hire ships-Attack and surrender of Zara-Siege of
Constantinople-Subsequent commotions-Establishment of the
Latins in Constantinople-SIXTH CRUSADE-Crusade of children-
March of the king of Hungary-Siege of Damietta-Expedition of
Frederick 11.-SEVENTH CRUSADE-Proposed by Gregory Ix.-
Preached by Franciscans and Dominicans-Levies to support it-
March of the new Crusaders-Expedition of Richard, earl of Corn-
wall-EIGHTH CRUSADE-Irruption of the Carizmians-Expedition of
Louis Ix.-Siege of Damietta-Imprisonment of the king-His return
to Europe-LAST CRUSADE-Second expedition of Louis-His death
at Tunis-Expedition of Edward-Other attempts-Fall of Acre.
ENGLAND AND THE CRUSADES. A.D. 1095-1272.
The people of England never so much carried away by the Crusades as
those of other countries-Circumstances which account for this-The
English Leaders-Robert of Normandy, Richard I., Richard earl of
Cornwall, prince Edward-Pecuniary aid-Tax of William Rufus-
Expedient of Richard 1.-Military Orders in England-Rise of Tem-
plars in England-Preceptories-Temple in Fleet Street-The Temple
Church-The Hospitallers-Houses-Wealth and influence
Means by which the crusading spirit was kept alive-Causes of its decline
-Failure of the enterprise-Disappointment of the leaders-Awaken-
ing of mind-Relaxation of religious opinions.
Effects of the Crusades-European progress-General extension of
ideas-Partial emancipation of mind-Extension of commerce-Con-
stitution of society-Advancement of royalty-Promotion of cen-
tralization-Advancement of towns-Manumission of slaves-Con-
necting link between the middle ages and the present-Moral
estimate of the Crusades-Spirit of the enterprise-Unsubstantial
worth of its ostensible object-Superstition in which they originated
-CONCLUSION-Religious view of the Crusades-The true Crusade