The first crusade the call from the east peter frankopan on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers according to tradition the first crusade began at the instigation of pope urban ii and culminated in july 1099. Peters book the first crusade the call from the east was published to wide acclaim by bodley head a division of random house and harvard university press in 2012described as an astonishing debut from a gifted young historian it was shortlisted for several prestigious awards including the criticos prize and the royal historical societys gladstone prize. Nicholas shakespeare applauds the first crusade the call from the east by peter frankopan a vibrant history that shows how constantinople divided europes crusaders. Frankopan reframes the well traveled narrative of the first crusade to concentrate on the byzantine empire and its leader alexios komnenos who faced with the collapse of asia minor and rebellious nobles at home reached out to the west despite the religious fracture of 1054 and created a wave he planned to direct and control. The first crusade the call from the east by peter frankopan is a highly readable and carefully researched account of byzantine politics
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