The Assault on Jerusalem (Pocket Penguins 70's)

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In May 2005 Penguin will publish 70 unique titles to celebrate the company's 70th birthday. The titles in the Pocket Penguins series are emblematic of the renowned breadth of quality of the Penguin list and will hark back to Penguin founder Allen Lane's vision of good books for all'. One of the greatest historical writers of the twentieth century, Steven Runciman was famous for throwing light on some very dark ages: his definitive A History of the Crusades, first published by Penguin in 1965, transformed the common view of the Holy Wars through its impartial and penetrating approach. Here, he describes the brutal and decisive tenth-century victory of the crusaders over Arab forces in Jerusalem, occupied for over four hundred years.

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Steven Runciman was born in 1903 and studied at Trinity College, Cambridge before becoming a Fellow and a lecturer there. In 1938, having come into a considerable fortune on his grandfather's death, he resigned his Fellowship at Trinity to devote his time to writing. Byzantine Civilization, published in 1933, was to make his name whilst his great series A History of the Crusades, published in 1951, 1952 and 1954, made him famous. He died in 2000

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