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First Crusader (Hardcover, illustrated edition): Geoffrey Regan

First Crusader (Hardcover, illustrated edition)

Geoffrey Regan

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Advancing the theory that the term 'the Crusades' should not apply merely to the 11th century wars in which the West strove to recover the Holy Land from the Muslims, but also to the struggle between the Christian Byzantine Empire and its infidel neighbours several centuries earlier, the author deals above all with Heraclius, the Byzantine Emperor born in Cappadocia in 575, who seized the throne in 610 and concentrated the struggle against the Avars to the north and the Persians to the east. Regan describes Heraclius's military campaigns vividly and enthusiastically, particularly his single combats against the Persian champions. He argues that in terms of military leadership only Alexander and Julius Caesar rank with Heraclius, and only Constantine and Charlemagne as Emperors. Heraclius, Regan says, 'was not only the "First Crusader", he was the truest crusader, returning the relic thought to be the Holy Cross to Jerusalem and entering the city not with fire and sword like the crusaders of 1099, but as the simply penitent, carrying the relic in his hands'. Regan makes his argument well, and brings alive the triumphs and disasters of Heraclius's life: he lost and regained the Holy Sepulchre, rebuilt a whole military system and restored the fortunes of Rome, but then, with his health fatally damaged, his marriage allegedly incestuous, and the rise of Islam unstoppable, he saw the work of a lifetime undone. This is a fascinating history, bringing to our attention a period and a great emperor both hitherto unjustly neglected. (Kirkus UK)
Traditionally, "the Crusades" refer to the wars begun by the West in the late 11th century to recover the Holy Land from Muslim domination. In this work, the author argues that the first true crusaders came from the east several centuries before, starting with the struggle between the Christian Byzantine empire and its "infidel" invaders. It begins in the seventh century with the defeat by the Persians of much of the Byzantine empire; Jerusalem itself was seized, the Holy Sepulchre destroyed, and the True Cross, its most important relic, was taken back to Persia. At this moment of crisis a hero, the emperor Heraclius, came from Africa to save the empire and Christianity. He overthrew the power of the Persian empire, regained the True Cross and and carried it as a penitent into the recently regained Jerusalem in one of the greatest scenes of the ancient world and of Christian history. However, Heraclius had regained the Holy Land only to lose it to the Muslim Arabs for the next 200 years. The first full account in English of these "first crusaders", this book reveals stories of adventure which easily match those of the better known western crusades.


Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: December 2001
Authors: Geoffrey Regan
Dimensions: 234 x 156mm (L x W)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Edition: illustrated edition
ISBN-13: 978-0-7509-2026-1
Categories: Books > Humanities > History > World history > 500 to 1500
Books > Humanities > History > History of specific subjects > General
Books > Humanities > Religion & beliefs > General > Religious intolerance, persecution & conflict > General
Books > History > History of specific subjects > General
Books > History > World history > 500 to 1500
Books > Religion & Spirituality > General > Religious intolerance, persecution & conflict > General
LSN: 0-7509-2026-2
Barcode: 9780750920261

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